Read your work aloud daily. Read it once a week to your friends. Provide the wine yourself. Use only active idiosyncratic visible verbs. Action always outranks information. The young novelist’s best advice comes from Henry James: ‘Dramatize, dramatize, dramatize.’ (Yes, he needed that word three times to make his point!)
Honestly? Every time people complain about ‘hipsters’ I think of crabby squares in the 1960s complaining about ‘hippies.’
Perhaps everyone had their own way of preparing to die. Life got you ready. Life got you sad. And then blood started coming from where it didn’t used to come.
Some people publish a book a year. I consider that about as unseemly as having a baby every ten months.
Please enjoy your life. And please be always curious about other people.