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Every writer was a reader first. Indeed, a love of reading is usually the reason people start writing. Due to this, a universally accepted piece of writing advice is to identify what you enjoy reading in order to understand what you’d like to write. Rather than mimicking our favourite authors, this advice is intended to show us how our creativity responds best to certain aspects story and helps us find our own unique voice. Personally, I could write a long, adoring list of things I appreciate when I finish a good book. Lush, lyrical prose. Unreliable narrators. Mysteries I can’t solve until the end (despite clever foreshadowing). Antiheros. High stake romances. Morally ambiguous characters. Tense dinner parties. (Seriously, give me any kind of tension of over a steak and a glass of merlot and I’m yours for 500 pages.)

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