Goodreads asked Spencer Dryden:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Spencer Dryden I don't have enough lines on my CV to be dispensing much advice. Here's what I did: I decided I would ignore the conventional wisdom of read, read, read, study Chicago Manual of Style, learn the fine points of submitting your manuscript, avoid -ly adverbs and bla bla bla. I decided I would just write and get comfortable with my voice and style, then go out and compare my work to the field at large.

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