Working through Ray Bradbury's 12 pieces of advice for young readers from 2001 will be my first order of business.
The first advice to contemplate:
Don’t start out writing novels. They take too long. Begin your writing life instead by cranking out “a hell of a lot of short stories,” as many as one per week. Take a year to do it; he claims that it simply isn’t possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row. He waited until the age of 30 to write his first novel, Fahrenheit 451. “Worth waiting for, huh?”
(Paraphrased by Collin Marshall on Open Culture)
What I intend to do with said advice:
---Well, of course participate in NaNoWriMo.
---Find a lot of writing prompts and look at them as assignments. Do them all! Use (blog)memes as a warmup for doing this.
---I am into non-fiction and lengthy research. Make plans for implementing this advice on that front. Oh, and poetry, too. And I want to learn to write songs (there is a course on Coursera on this).
I liked this little RIP for Mr. Bradbury. :-)
Other Rays I will be learning from: Raymond Carver and Raymond Chandler.
This post is a work-in-progress for the month of November. :-)