Goodreads asked James V. Smith Jr.:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

James V. Smith Jr. Read, of course.

But every author advises that.

Then you must write, of course, to polish your skill from the wannabe level to the published professional. Then you have to write some more. Face it, the golf pro doesn't consistently sink 30-foot putts by musing about it. He gets out there every day, including tournament days, and practices hundreds of putts in all kinds of conditions and weather.

You wanna be a writer, do that. As Malcolm Gladwell advises in Outliers huge amounts of practice, with mentoring, opportunity, and luck, you have a greater chance to succeed. The best don't merely work harder than others; they work much, much harder.

Naturally, that has generated lots of arguments, and Gladwell has modified his 10,000 hour rule to say, ". . . natural ability requires a huge investment of time in order to be made manifest."

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