Kurt Vonnegut's Tips for Writing Fiction
I got to meet Mr. Vonnegut when I "volunteered" to pick him up from the airport when he was going to speak at my college (actually I paid the guy tasked with it $50 and some "special" brownies to let me tag along). He had a bad flight, I guess, seemed to be in a foul mood most of the way from the airport so when I finally got the nerve to ask him for some advice for a young aspiring writer he looked at me with those quick, piercing eyes from underneath those impossibly bushy brows, fingered his Pall Mall for a minute, then said: "You want to write? Save yourself the trouble— go be an accountant. You probably don't have what it takes and you'd be miserable even if you did."