Goodreads asked Carolyn Gilpin:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Carolyn Gilpin Keep writing & keep learning! Make sure you tell a story, even when it's an essay, non-fiction or travel article.
"Kill your darlings" - if you think a passage isn't working, remove it & save it elsewhere. 99% of the time you won't put it back in!
If you're having trouble getting started, write a ton of words, save a second version of it, then go back through the second version with a big red pen. Remove anything you've repeated. Find ways to shorten each sentence. Move sections around. I'm pretty sure you'll keep the second version and trash the first :)

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