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Perseverance and originality 'vital for authors'

30th December 2009

Aspiring authors should not attempt to copy the style of others when crafting their debuts, according to one writer.

In an interview with Reuters, The Girl With Glass Feet author Ali Shaw offered two tips for budding novelists, with the first recommendation that they do not aspire to follow in the footsteps of other writers.

The author, whose debut is nominated for the Costa First Book Award, also stressed the importance of perseverance, saying: 'The second is to be disciplined and to make time to do it because it will take a lot more than you expect when you set off on the process.'

Shaw revealed that it took him 'four or five years' to write his first book, which often involved working late into the night and early the next morning.

He also told the press agency that he has started writing his second novel, but there is still a lot of work to be done as he has not settled on a final idea.

The books nominated alongside The Girl With Glass Feet in the Costa First Book Award are The Finest Type of English Womanhood by Rachel Heath, Peter Murphy's John the Revelator and Beauty by Raphael Selbourne.

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