From the July/August issue of Poets & Writers

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P&W: What advice would you give first-time authors?

Salvatore Scibona: Read. Write at the same time in the same place five days a week. Socialize. Don’t give in to what Chekov called “the egoism of the unhappy. Resist the blues–especially when they look infinite–by pointing your mind outward and doing something for another person. But–important!–sometimes just let them be the blues. Also, school the internal critic in all the dark arts of editorial sadism, but ignore it when it attacks you personally. It likes to pretend that it’s the coolest, most professional guy in the room. In fact, it is a cynic and a savage.


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