Number One Advice for Living a Writing Life

His first tip for aspiring novelists:

One: work every day. Get into the habit of it. Work, when you don't feel like it, when you've just broken up with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when you're feeling ill, when you've got homework to do. Put your work first. Habit is your greatest ally. Get into the habit of writing when you're young and it'll stay with you. Sixteen is a very good age to start.
Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman: a life in writing The Guardian, March 3, 2011.

And so for day 1821