My advise to aspiring writers would be to never, ever give up. If you dream of completing and/or publishing a novel, don't ever give up that dream! One of my lifetime goals was to complete a novel. I have started a few, but never completed the first one until I was in my 60's. Although the publication of my first novel was interrupted by a battle with ovarian cancer, I kept my eye on that goal and it became even more important to me to finish. Never give up!