Goodreads asked Michael Hoffman:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Michael Hoffman Fail. Fail badly, fail bitterly. Taste the bitterness of failure. Maybe then you'll say to yourself, "This is not for me, I'll go back to college and get a law degree" - or something. Fine. Or maybe you'll say, "No, I'll carry on in spite of my failure." In which case... better go back to college and get a law degree. Who's a writer, then? He or she who says, "I'm a writer BECAUSE OF my failure! Failure is bitter but good!" In a word: beware of success. It softens you and betrays you. You start to pursue it for its own sake. And when that happens - what's left of the writer in you?

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