Georgia Anne Butler
To become a writer you must first become a reader. The conventions of writing are best learned by reading the works of great authors--the classics. Beyond that, you should trust your own imagination, but you should also be willing to accept criticism. For instance, when beginning my first novel, I let others read it for their reaction. If their reaction was disinterest, I started again. The intelligent reader is never wrong. If someone representing your audience doesn't like or understand what you've written, then you need to rethink and rewrite it.