"If you can write one short story a week—it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done."
This may be the most encouraging piece of advice I've ever heard about writing.
"Get rid of friends who don’t believe in you."
That one goes deep. Negativity doesn't require skill or practice. It seems to be instinctive for so many people. Words have power, and power unleashed without thought can be devastating. But there is vengeance for the abused writer:
"I tell people, Make a list of ten things you hate and tear them down in a short story or poem. Make a list of ten things you love and celebrate them."
In the words of Bender, both are mighty fine choices! Now excuse me while I start on my two lists...
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