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Goodreads asked James R. Vernon:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

James R. Vernon Seek the advice and help of others, and do so with a thick skin. I spent a lot of time disregarding the negative comments of people that I let preview my work. When I actually opened up to criticism (and got a beta reader that wasn't afraid to be brutally honest), my writing improved and so did the story I was trying to tell.

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