Goodreads asked Susan Laine:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Susan Laine If you know what publisher you dream of working with, you usually have an idea about the genres they accept. If that's the case, read the submission guidelines carefully and work within them. That shows you're taking the job seriously and professionally.

Practice, practice, practice. In writing, that means read, read, read. Learn how to write: The technique, the grammar, and saying much with a few choice words.

Once you've done that--started to master your craft--all you need are stories. Don't be afraid to think outside the box, as genre mixes are getting more popular. Let your imagination run wild.

And last, but not least, write. Just. Write. Every day. Even if it's merely a word here and word there. Write every single day.

60-100 words per day, and you have a novella on your hands in a year. 160-200 words per day, and you have a novel on your hand in a year. Try it and find your rhythm and pace. That comes with practice and experience.

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