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Reportedly inexperienced novelist (6)

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I believe the answer is:

greene

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Here is my best explanation:

'novelist' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'reportedly inexperienced' is the wordplay.
'reportedly' shows a homophone (sound like).
'inexperienced' becomes 'green' ('green' can be similar in meaning to 'inexperienced').
'green' is a homophone of 'GREENE'.

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