Nicholson Baker wrote a great essay for Salon, where he talks about the need for a writer to write every day. I think it’s true. Sometimes I take Sundays off. But at least a few hundred words in a journal, or a crappy poem. Something to keep it going. All you need is a half-hour or an hour to jot something down in a notebook, then return to it the next day. I think it’s great advice.
He also talks about translating a third-person work into a first-person one, as told to him by Larry McMurtry, and it’s something I’d like to try with a novel or a novella.