Over the past year a few friends and family members have asked to read my book. Most take a while to read it and I have to ask what they thought of it, but on Monday I got a great email from my niece. I sent the book to her on Thursday and she read it in three days. Gotta love that.
Here's what she said:
"Wow, I am surprised that it has not been published yet."
And then she went on to say a lot of other nice things, which I won't bore you with. But it was really nice to hear some positive feedback.
Then she told me she was writing a novel and asked for any advice. I told her to read some books on writing (which is something I wish I had done), visit some blogs (wish I'd known about this sooner), and have a sense of where you're going, plus a few grammar things (no adverbs, avoid passive).
If you knew then what you know now, what advice would you give to someone just starting out?