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31) Read more. You think read a lot? Read more than that. Everything. Just read.
32) Specifically, read old things and new things. Don't confine yourself to genre or era.
33) And then write the stories you want to read.
34) Hang out with Ben Greenman as much as possible.
35) Only talk about your novel when asked about it. Seriously.
36) Send out your stories widely and often.
37) Crave rejection.
38) Read your work aloud to yourself.
39) Read it aloud to others.
40) Be brave.