Lots of people have, at one point or another, harbored dreams of writing the next great novel. But where to begin? Luckily, MashReads went to the best in the business to ask for tips. Cheryl Klein, editor extraordinaire who helped shepherd some of the best YA and children’s books to publishing and was the continuity editor for the last two Harry Potter books, came through with some advice. Read on for Klein’s six tips for any would-be writer.

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