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Todd, over the past 20 years of speaking at writers' conferences and teaching ways to improve writing, I've come across several "writers" who never read a book on writing, never attended a conference.

But the worst example ever was an elderly woman who didn't attend my 6-week conference. She just showed up with 3 pages in hand for a critique.

Every sentence was the same.

"Come back," she said angrily.

"Why?" he asked coldly.

"You forgot your tie," she told him hastily.

I showed her how to improve, knowing she wouldn't listen. She didn't.

She left...angrily.

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