Goodreads asked Philip Whiteland:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Philip Whiteland Well, as I'm hardly in the Frederick Forsyth category myself, it's a bit of a cheek for me to be giving any advice, but here goes...

I think the answer is not to be hell bent on producing the next Great Novel but instead use any and every chance to write for publication that presents itself, even if that is just a Readers Letter in your local paper. The more you publish, even on such a small scale as that, the more feedback you are likely to get and that should inform your approach to your writing in future. I know it is not a popular thing to say, but you really need to write something that people want to read, not what you want them to read.

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