What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned as a writer?
Good writing is clear thinking. It’s jotting down what you have learned. Great writing is clear thoughts set to music – words and phrases and sentences with rhythm.
What has been the biggest surprise of your writing life?
That some people actually enjoy writing. I find it hard, even after all these years. I do love having written. Writing to me is like exercising. I find doing sit-ups and going to hot yoga hellish but appreciate their importance and enjoy the feeling when class is over.
If you had to choose a metaphor to describe yourself as a writer, what would it be?
A surprise-maker. Because the last thing writing should be is boring.
What is the single best piece of writing advice anyone ever gave you?
If you are writing a book , don’t end the day when you hit a roadblock. Wrap up when you are excited about where you are going and see the path ahead. That way you start the next day with momentum.