One day we shall all learn to follow our own advice. What do you think? My advice is to write without fear, write your passion, and write without caring what your family and friends think. Got that? Now, why can’t I do that?
My dad’s second wife had a daughter. This girl, barely a year older than me, was an angry girl. She shouted no, she snuck out, she smoked with boys in orange groves, she argued, she threw things, and she generally pissed off all the adults–all at the age of fourteen. Now, I didn’t exactly want her life, but I was jealous. She just told the adults what she thought and to hell with the consequences. That amazed me. That impressed me. I wish I had that fearlessness. So, where do I get it?