Goodreads asked Patrick Oster:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Patrick Oster keep writing. in the beginning it will most likely be crap, as it was with me, but after Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hours, you should be pretty good at it. Might even get published. Learn the craft. Read authors whose genre you like and see how they do it. Write out some pages rather than just reading them and you will eventually see some of their tricks. Writers have been stealing since the Bible, so don't feel ashamed. It's what writers do, adding their out spin and flourishes and creativity. And eventually people will be stealing from you.

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