LOOK. I wrote some terribly wise words. In this interview:
"Do your art every day, no matter how crappy your day is, and no matter how crappy you think your art is. It takes years of doing bad art to produce great art. Whatever your art may be. If it’s writing, it will take years of writing for you to write anything good. So armed with this knowledge, don’t be afraid to write crappy books. They will teach you a great deal. Without practice you simply don’t stand a chance. I wish someone told me this when I started. It would’ve saved me a great deal of worry and anguish and fear. I was terrified of writing a bad book and would feel paralyzed or even blocked. But once I realized it’s okay if my books are bad, it freed me up. And, miraculously, the end result wasn’t bad at all. So you see, the only steps you have to take is practice what you want to do every day, every single day. Then it will become habit and you will do it without thinking. And then you will keep doing it because it will become a part of your life. And one day you will see that what was your dream has become a reality."
(My advice ain't free, by the way, so send cookies. )