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Goodreads asked Natalie S. Ellis:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Natalie S. Ellis If you feel compelled to write, then you are a born writer and you're very lucky. It's a gift. And your life will be very interesting because of that gift. Write what your heart tells you to write and don't let anyone tell you not to. Just because there are rules and formats doesn't mean you have to follow them if your heart tells you your way feels right. But, and this is a very big BUT, grammar, spelling and punctuation is important! You should break those rules only when your character would break those rules. Don't be lazy. Oh, and challenge yourself to write a better book/paper/paragraph every time. Readers will appreciate it and it will pay off for you in the end.

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