"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"
Read, read, read, and write, write, write. Read widely and well. Be in the Word daily so that you have truth to tell. Read biographies and histories and craft books and fiction and current events. Read for fun and read for education and read for edification. And write every day (emails don't count but journal entries do). As for your novel, if you write one page per day, you'll have a 365 page manuscript at the end of a year. Being busy is no excuse. Write right now! You will learn far more from writing a novel (and then another and another) than you will ever learn from the latest how-to books.
-- Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling and award winning author of 60 novels, including Wagered Heart, When Love Blooms, and the upcoming Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. Learn more at her web site (www.robinleehatcher.com) and blog (http://robinlee.typepad.com).