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Ten Tips for Young Authors

By Aaron Shepard

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Copyright © 1996-1998 Aaron Shepard. May be freely copied and shared for any noncommercial purpose as long as no text is altered or omitted.

1. Turn off the TV.

2. Read a lot, but don’t just read.

3. Be a spy.

4. Write!

5. Learn to type well.

6. Get a good thesaurus.

7. Simplify.

8. Learn the rules before you break them.

9. Find what interests both you and others.

10. Ask for criticism.