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Rosemund Handler’s Advice for Aspirant Writers: Make It an Indispensable Part of Your Life

Us and Them“The best advice I have for aspirant writers is to persevere, to make writing an indispensable part of your life”, Rosemund Handler told Get Your Book Published, “Being passionate about writing is one thing, discipline quite another.”

Of her writing style, Handler says “Sometimes I’d love to just steam ahead and finish the damn thing, but that’s not how it works with me. I’m constantly checking back and rewriting, and I’ve learned to accept that that is my process.” Her latest novel is Us and Them.

From first draft, to published book, how much editing do you do?

I do a lot. I rethink quite often and I’ve been lucky enough to have a patient and nurturing editor in the wonderful Pam Thornley, who has watched me dig myself out of a few thorny patches over the years! Editing takes up so much time. Sometimes I’d love to just steam ahead and finish the damn thing, but that’s not how it works with me. I’m constantly checking back and rewriting, and I’ve learned to accept that that is my process.

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