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1. Write. Write anything, write the book, write junk, write. You can always come back later and re-write.

2. Choose a time. Write at the same time every day, sit down for a set time and write something. Make it a habit.

3. When your finished with a chapter, file it away for a while (a week, a month, a couple months, it's different for everyone) It sometimes takes some time to see it with a new eye and effectively rewrite it.

4. Know that you'll have to kill a few babies. Every writer comes up with some great ideas as they are writing, and adds them to the work, but when you come back, your baby isn't so great any more. Be willing to get rid of your babies when you have to.

5. Find someone(s) who would be willing to read your work and evaluate it critically, but honestly. Once you find someone you can trust, then trust them.

6. Read up on the industry and find out all the possibilities for publishing, agents, etc. You can usually find out most of the information from the internet. Your favorite author, that writes in the same genre will probably have a website with helpful links.

7. Read! The fodder for a thousand novels are in the those that have already been written. (ideas are everywhere, and you can also learn how to write better from the styles of other authors.

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