Goodreads asked Richard McMahon:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Richard McMahon Make sure you are capable of achieving your aspirations. Writing techniques and skills can be learned, but talent is innate. You may aspire to be an opera singer, but unless you have the voice, all the lessons in the world will get you nowhere. Flannery O'Connor was once asked by a college writing student if she thought that creative writing courses stifled aspiring writers. She replied, "In my view, they don't stifle enough of them."

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