Goodreads asked Arlene Lagos:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Arlene Lagos Don't be an "aspiring" writer. BE A WRITER. They only way to do that is to just write. Write until its right. Everyone starts off in their parents basement or garage (so to speak). Nobody comes out of the womb as Stephen King, or Suzanne Collins. Let yourself be a bad writer until you get the hang of it. It will get better, but only if you keep writing!

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