Do your homework

“There is only one way to learn to write and that is by reading.  Don’t read for duty, try all the good stuff though, sample it, then devour what stimulates and enriches you.  This will seep in to your own work, which may be derivative at first but this does not matter.  Your own style will develop later.” – Mary Renault (quoted by Daniel Mendelsohn in “The American Boy”)

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