"Stay curious, my friends! Revel in the quiet spaces of your mind and heart. Solitude is delicious. Savor it. Read widely. I like to walk down the aisles of a library, any section, and randomly select books that look interesting. Attend readings by people you have never heard of. Find a writing coach. Listen to your editor. Don't think of edits as insults. Fine editing is dusting, sweeping, window washing—everything is cleaner and clearer afterwards. Most important: surround yourself with honest people who love you enough to tell you the truth and not just want you want to hear."