Goodreads asked Richard L. Black:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Richard L. Black Believe in your story and believe in yourself and START NOW! I can't tell you how many of my friends have said to me, "I'm so jealous, I've always wanted to write a book." My answer - "So sit down and write it." You don't lose weight by skipping lunch one day. You don't climb a mountain by staring at it and thinking how cool it would be to stand on top of it. You don't write a book in a day, a week, a month, maybe not even a year. It is a long term commitment and effort. Find 30 minutes a day or an hour a week, then stick with it till it's finished. When is it finished? ...When it's finished. (I started writing "Maximus" twelve years ago. Obviously I didn't always stick with it.) A wise friend of mine who has published a couple books told me, "Don't write to make money, write because you love to write." I will pass that kernel of wisdom along.

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