“Before you write a novel, make sure you have read at least two hundred books in that genre.” Now, I’m not saying that wouldn’t be helpful, I’m just saying that unless you have total recall of the Young Adult books you read as a young adult, you’re talking roughly 60,000 pages. I used a calculator. Honestly! At 1,000 pages a week, that’s 60 weeks. And unless you took the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading course (raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about. Now put it down. You are too old for that much exertion), you don’t have enough spare time for that. Also, you will have forgotten what you wanted to write about in the first place by the time you put pen to paper, which you are doing because you can’t remember where you left your laptop.