Goodreads asked Gayle Parness:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Gayle Parness Sit down and write. Anything. Write about your annoying neighbor who mows his lawn with his shirt off, (and shouldn't) or write about something funny that happened to you when you were a kid or a story your grandfather told you. Write anything. If its really bad, and it might not be, keep in in a folder with a funny name and write something else. When you think you've written something really good, read it out loud. That will help you find all those little mistakes you made. Then just keep writing. It's worth it. It frees your spirit.

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