"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"
...to Rod Morris:
Don't preach to your readers and don't give in to the temptation to explain (tell) what's going on in your story. Know your characters intimately and let us see and hear them in action, then trust the power of their story to convey the theme or message of your novel.
--Rod Morris, Senior Editor, Harvest House Publishers