From M.T. Anderson -- A reflection on books and writing. (click for more)
Two pieces of advice for the aspiring writer:
"First, actually write, however seductive it might be to just sit around pouting in a special hat. Even if you end up hating the things you write, you’re getting incredibly valuable experience. And as soon as you actually write, you’re a writer.
Second, the thing we want to hear from you is what makes you unlike any of the rest of us.
Lean toward your own eccentricities.
Be aware of how they might strike your readers – but remember that it is the very thing that makes you different that will make you stand out and be heard."