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Goodreads asked Kim MacQuarrie:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Kim MacQuarrie Learn your craft, then tackle something you are really interested in. The basic components of writing really haven't changed that much in the last 500 years or so: building characters, telling story arcs, creating hooks, and so on. Read anything by Flaubert or read Don Quixote--nothing has really changed since. It's similar to being a carpenter--a chest of drawers or hanging a door really hasn't changed much, probably, in a thousand years or more. But to create a solid chest of drawers or to do a good job at hanging a door--you have to learn the basic techniques. Writing is no different.

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