Goodreads asked Hilary Thompson:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Hilary Thompson Read! Would a basketball player refuse to watch games? Would a lawyer ignore current court cases? There's something fishy about a writer who doesn't read. Even more helpful is to read widely - not just from one time period or genre or author. Immersing yourself in the twists and turns of others' language acts like a muse when you begin to create your own stories. Plus, you never know when or how inspiration might reach you!

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