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'Every writer is unique'

18 November 2002

'The best general advice a would-be writer can listen to is never to listen to general advice, except in the presentation of work to agent or publisher. Anyone propounding rules or principles that are supposed to apply to everyone is a charlatan. Every writer is unique, or ought to be, and so your problems are unique. If you can find a mentor, someone who'll work over your manuscript with you one-to-one, then you've found a treasure - so long as you remember that even a guru can be wrong.'

Chaz Brenchley on the MurderSquad site: