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Goodreads asked June Bryan Belfie:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

June Bryan Belfie Don't be in a rush to send out your manuscript as soon as you type "the end."
Let it rest a while and then read it again. And again. Have someone else, who will be honest with you, read it and discuss it. Join writing groups, go to conferences, read about the art of writing, and most important -- read quality books. Don't be afraid you'll copy someone else's style. Your own voice will come through as you write more.

When you do begin submitting your work, start a new book or short story, or whatever it is you write. Don't get discouraged. Even if no one ever sees your work, it's a joy to write your thoughts and feelings. I believe it helps you understand who you are. Isn't that important?

If writing isn't a positive experience, take up rafting or knitting. Life is way too short to spend trying to be something you're not. Maybe God has something better in store for you. There are many gifts. Writing is only one of them.

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