Goodreads asked Beverly Dowdell:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Beverly Dowdell Whatever is in your heart to say just start writing it down. The easy bit is writing, the real work is when I am editing - removing the excess. In time it is easier to write something people will easily read and understand. The work is in learning to communicate an idea/emotions with the least amount of words arranged to create the most amount of emotion - to be concise. To not only be the writer but perceive you need to be brutal about editing out unnecessary words. I move from writer to editor to publisher and wear all three hats mentally separating each. Advice to me by a seasoned newspaper reporter was take the 1,000 words and make it 500 if you want to be published! Brutal but simple. Pay the price when you edit and then the writing becomes much easier - the irritation of having to edit then becomes the joy of being in sync when writing.

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