The process of writing teaches us there are days we’re positive and days we’re not. There’s a reason for this: On the positive days, we write with a slightly stiff abandon, we get a flow going, we feel good. On the bad days, we realize our mistakes, we correct, we’re honest with ourselves. I think of the great authors like Bukowski and Faulkner who were drunk so often. I think they wanted the bad days, the hangover days, to keep them honest and their work honest. If you can live your life like that, you’ll be okay.

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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.

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