Here’s some of his tips, what he calls "the hygiene of writing."
- Do not start by writing a novel ~ because you don’t know how to write yet.
- Write a story a week for a year, and this will teach you how to write.
- At the end of a year, if you write short stories, you’ll have at least one good short story. If you write a novel, it won’t be any good.
- Every night for the next 1,000 days, read a short story, a poem, and an essay, but make it the greats, not this modern crap.
- Fire all those friends of yours who don’t believe in you.
- All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper.
- If you get blocked, it’s because you’re not writing the right thing. Do something else.
- Don’t write to make money. It doesn’t work that way.
- Don’t write to benefit the world. Just set out to have a hell of a lot of fun.