Goodreads asked Suzie O'Connell:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Suzie O'Connell Read a lot and write a lot. Accept that even the best book out there is not perfect, and focus on writing the best book you can rather than on writing the perfect book. Be willing to learn and grow and better your craft… and do so. Grow a thick skin, especially if you plan to publish, because there will be people who will gleefully trash your book and because not everyone will like your book. Take constructive criticism and use it to improve your books and your skill. Ignore the useless, petty, and destructive criticism. Join a writing group of people who are constructive and supportive.

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