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Goodreads asked H. Leighton Dickson:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

H. Leighton Dickson Learn the craft. Really. Write what rolls out of your brain but don't leave it at that. Chances are it's amateurish. Write it, leave it, read it, fix it, reread it, leave it. Read something else then go back. Learn grammar. Learn spelling. It's important if you want to get better. Like any profession, you are presented with a skill set. Learn it.

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