When students ask me what's the most important advice I can give them about writing, I usually say two things: (1) Write your next book as if it's the only one (or the last one) you'll ever write; and (2) Write the book only you can write.
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While studying art history in graduate school, novelist Nicole Krauss spent hours in the library researching Rembrandt, only to find that she preferred imagining the details of his life instead.
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