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What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Scott Michael Decker Just write.

Be as the empty cup in the Zen Buddhist parable. Set aside any preconceived notions of how much, how often, how many words, how many pages.

A mountain looks taller when viewed from the base. A journey of a thousand pages begins with a single word.

Just start writing and don't stop.

Don't stop to edit, don't stop to show it to anyone, don't stop to type it (if you're writing by hand), don't stop for any reason, even writer's block.

The most successful way to address writer's block is simply to write, even if it seems a Sisyphean task, where the words want to roll right back over you from the high hills where you've pushed them.

If need be, write without thinking, and in the suspense of reason, the channel opens. Be the open channel and let the words spill forth. They know where they're supposed to be.

Just write, and the words will write themselves.

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