No one knows how he does it.
Michael J Seidlinger swears that he does stuff outside of reading, writing and publishing, but none of us believe him. He’s the publisher of Civil Coping Mechanisms and a prodigious author. His latest is The Fun We’ve Had.
The best and worst writing advice he’s ever heard is below.
About The Best: Hey, this is almost impossible to do. It takes a certain person to get to those levels, I’m not sure if I’m that person. Like Donna Tartt writes a book every 7 years, but I don’t think I’m Donna Tartt. I also don’t think I’m a Michael J Seidlinger. I’ve got to sleep or the people around me will hate me. I like the part about setting benchmarks, that makes sense.
Keep raising the bar, set new benchmarks. I’ve seen that in my own life, the problem comes when it takes longer than you think it should even though that’s probably just how long it takes.
I like the be relentless part. Sometimes the words come, sometimes they don’t you gotta keep flinging out the ideas, start on another project when you get stuck on one. That’s what I do.
About The Worst: I like this advice because without someone telling Michael this, he might not have ever developed the “best advice” part. He might not be as driven. As determined. Maybe it worked out for him.