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'Don't get it right, get it written'

6 December 2004

'Take the time, before you start, to decide exactly what you want to write. Remember that your publisher will want more of the same, so you must choose a genre with which you are happy... Don't try to copy other writers. Originality, within your field, is essential. As an agent, the typescript I would take home for the weekend would always be the one with the freshest voice.

Stick with it, don't give up. My mantra has always been: don't get it right, get it written. Most of all, believe in yourself.'

Carol Smith, agent-turned-writer, in Writers' ForumBritish writers' magazine which is highly recommended for all writers. It features wide range of news and articles which help writers to improve their work and get published: magazine