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Goodreads asked James Ostby:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

James Ostby I think innate intelligence and a good education are prerequisites.

Studying the craft of writing, all the way down to grammar and punctuation. Much of the work today is awful in that regard

Most important, I believe that literary writers are like heavy hitters in boxing: they are born, not made.

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