Goodreads asked David P. Ervin:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

David P. Ervin Read, read, read. Read within your genre, and read outside of it. Language is a tool that must be honed, and the more you immerse yourself in reading, the sharper that tool will be.
This is something you might not hear often, but get off the computer. When you're doing a rough draft, write it out in a notebook or a typewriter. Creating documents on a computer is, essentially, creating an image. When you write manually there's a real sense of connection with the words you're forming. This method also enforces an economical discipline in terms of the language you're employing to get the message across.

And about those rough drafts...they're going to be terrible. Writing is a process, one that doesn't end when you've finished a rough draft. The harsher you are with your work, the less criticism you'll deal with down the road.

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