My friend Owen Egerton, who was just named Best Local Author 2012 by the Austin Chronicle, put together a list of thirty points for writers, in the spirit of Jack Kerouac. I imagine I’ll be coming back to it from time to time. Here are a few that stuck with me today:
5. Don’t always know what your images mean.
6. Do always know what your sentences mean.
7. Do not wait for inspiration. Go out and hunt it. Seduce it. Pin it down and dribble spit on its forehead until it cracks your leg bone and renames you.
27. Live well. If your life is dull, it will seep into your pages like a stench. Take long walks. Get lost. Read. Read. Look foolish. Kiss people on the mouth.