Goodreads asked Jeff Gunhus:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Jeff Gunhus I always point aspiring writers to Stephen King's On Writing, a practical book filled with insight and specific advice. Most of the advice I give on panels or over coffee to new writers can be tracked back to this book. The essentials are 1) Writer's write - don't wait around for the muse. Write every day. 2) Writer's read. If you say you don't have time to read, then you're not serious about improving. 3) Write with door closed. Sharing the work too early can take the place of writing it. 4) Writing is magic, letters on a page that transmit what's in my head into yours across both space and time. And if we're going to engage in magic together, I ought to take the responsibility that the images/story I'm transmitting is worthwhile. 5) Allow yourself to be terrible. First draft work is always awful. Be OK with it. Refer to rule #1. Writer's write. Get to work.

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