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The Complete Idiot’s Guide™ to Writing Well by Laurie E. Rozakis

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Foreword

I always knew I was a writer. From the time I first learned to wield a pencil, I've been scribbling stories, driven by a passion to see my words on paper, cheered on by loving parents and teachers who assured me that yes, I certainly had talent and was sure to be a published author.

So years later, imagine how shocked I was when I carefully bundled up my first novel, sent it off to New York publishers, and promptly got back a rejection. And then another rejection. And another.

I am telling you about my sorry early years as a novelist to make a point: Raw talent and passion are not enough to make one a good writer. Most successful authors, if they are honest with you, will admit to some pretty shaky starts in their careers, some dark moments ...

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