Advice for writers

I started reading Somerset Maugham when I was about 17 and have been a fan ever since.  I devoured all of his books with great enthusiasm.  He was a master at so many things, understatement, description, and especially character. Of Human Bondage and The Razor’s Edge remain favorites.  His advice is as applicable today as it was when he began his writing career.

“You learn more quickly under the guidance of experienced teachers. You waste a lot of time going down blind alleys if you have no one to lead you.”  
By the way, many of Maugham’s titles are free as e-books so check him out.