justmealyssagarcia asked: For someone who is always writing on napkins, newspapers, paper, and anthing else she can find, and wants to become a writer, do you have any tips on how I can fulfill that dream of mine?

The best writing advice anybody ever gave me was “write every day.” That was my writing teacher, Hans Ostrom, circa 1989. (Teachers have to be very careful what they say—they never know when somebody might actually be listening.)

It was extremely good advice. So I’ll repeat it here: Write every day. Even if writing is exactly the opposite of what you want to do—or perhaps especially if writing is exactly the opposite of what you want to do—write every day. Even if the thing you think you are doing isn’t your romantic vision of writing, just grab yourself a tool and scratch out a few sentences of anything.

Every. Day.

Write one leaf about the things that might prevent you from writing every day.


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