God, I don’t mind people writing down ten ideas a day. I just hope they don’t turn all of them into blogs. Good advice about life being a laboratory. Better to try and make mistakes. Researching something to death only tires us out, disappoints us, and then makes us want to do something else. Research drives us crazy. Online research drives us even more crazy. Don’t go into things blind, but be aware of opinion vs. facts. Research rarely means the difference between success and failure. Better to fail and learn than expect to succeed because you did some research. Know your ground, know your surroundings, but know you can still fail.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.