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Goodreads asked Jake Vander-Ark:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Jake Vander-Ark Buy the book "Writing a Great Movie" by Jeff Kitchen. It's about screenplays, but it applies to novels too.

Do not write about what you know! Use your everyday life to make your stories honest, but do not write a book about your everyday life!

Finally, your English teachers were right... show, don't tell.

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