William Faulkner: Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.
Because you probably just read the intro, we’re going to skip the niceties and chit-chat on our first day together and get straight to the work of becoming the creative person we all long to be.
Write a top 5 list of your lifelong dreams. If you’re having trouble getting past 3, push on grasshopper. Next take your runner-up dreams, 2 through 5, and throw them out the window. Actually, cross them off the page. Now that you can clearly see your first creative priority, ask yourself what simple task: write an email, make a phone call, buy a plane ticket, can you do TODAY to make my dream a reality?