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Goodreads asked Edward Aubry:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Edward Aubry Three things:

1) Have a plan. Finding a brilliant premise is great, but it won't get you anywhere if you don't have a plot to hang on it. Write an outline. It doesn't have to follow a format, or be particularly detailed, but you need to know what your major plot points are so you know how to get to them. If you want to start writing without an outline just to get a feel for your world and your people, that's fine. All of my books have started out as exploratory passages to see what would take form. I have seen lots of writers chug along that way, hoping the story would find itself. There are probably novelists out there who are very successful doing just that, but I have never met any of them. Stories don't find themselves. We have to write them. And at some point, you have to sit back and sketch out what's coming before you go any further. If you don't already know how your story is going to end, you are never going to get there.

2) Keep moving forward. Stop rewriting your first chapter. Yes, I know, it still has lots of problems. Doesn't matter. Keep moving. When you get to a place where you have a great new idea that suddenly contradicts an earlier chapter, do not go back and rewrite that chapter. Make a note for revisions, and keep moving. Nothing can kill creativity as effectively as insisting that everything be perfect as you go. Your first draft is going to suck, because first drafts suck. Own that, and keep moving. There is nothing more satisfying than typing the words "the end." Nothing else you do to tweak your work as you go will matter if you never get there.

3) Spend more time, energy and attention to detail in your revisions than you did on the first draft. Remember how the first draft sucks? That's because the purpose of a first draft is to lay a foundation for the real book, which you can expect to start looking great no earlier than draft #3. And don't try to do that alone. You need readers. Ideally you should get into a writers group, but at the very least find someone you trust and ask them to tear your book apart. They are going to see things you didn't see, and they are going to make suggestions that you will hate. You are under no obligation to take those suggestions, but if you find yourself saying you wrote it right the first time, over and over again, you're doing it wrong. Because you didn't write it right the first time. Because no one does. Take the revisions seriously. If it was important enough to write, it’s important enough to make better.

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