Goodreads asked David J. Lovato:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

David J. Lovato Write all the time, about everything. Realize you're going to throw most of that away. Figure out why you NEED to.

Read On Writing by Stephen King. Read everything you can get your hands on, even (especially?) genres you don't like. Read Ursula Le Guin, read Stephanie Meyer. Read Thomas Harris, read Dan Brown. You can't just learn to write, you have to learn how not to write, how to edit, how to listen to criticism, how to figure out what's best for your story.

No one can tell you how to write or how not to. You learn by doing. Read and write, all the time, even just in your head.

Stories are the oldest thing humanity has. We have stories so old we don't even know who wrote them, yet they remain. Whether our future holds a post-apocalyptic wasteland or a series of colonies among the stars, our stories will be there. Write something worth staying.

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