Sex generally - certainly at its best - requires a willing partner it's not particularly dependable because it's always different.
Knowing what I do now, I certainly wouldn't decide to write a first novel because I wouldn't have anything like the necessary life experience.
My work caused me to interview hundreds of women about their lives and their problems.
Surely the whole point of writing your own life story is to be as honest as you possibly can, revealing everything about yourself that is most private and probably most interesting for that very reason.
On the one hand, shopping is dependable You can do it alone, if you lose your heart to something that is wrong for you, you can return it it's instant gratification and yet something you buy may well last for years.
It can't possibly last for years and browsing has its limits. Only a certain amount is healthy or wise.
I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it's such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.
You can browse to your heart's content but it's hard work and not easy on the feet unless you do it through catalogs or the Internet, and I like to touch and try on the things I buy.
I got that experience through dating dozens of men for six years after college, getting an entry level magazine job at 21, working in the fiction department at Good Housekeeping and then working as a fashion editor there as well as writing many articles for the magazine.
Heaven knows, I've exposed myself in my novels through the use of fantasy and imagination... now my new book is about what really happened to me... not my heroines.
I'm convinced that it's energy and humor. The two of them combined equal charm.
It's that or get fat again, she told herself, as she . . . searched the windows for new merchandise. The thrill was in the trying on, in the buying. The moment after she had acquired something new it became meaningless to her. . . .
Billy thought privately that the rich are different only because people treat them as if they were. Sometimes she wondered why people bothered. Yet, there it was, that slight self-consciousness, the faint over-consideration, that eagerness to charm . . .
The only way to find out if you can write is to set aside a certain period every day and try. Save enough money to give yourself six months to be a full-time writer. Work every day and the pages will pile up.
I have only one reader -- me. I'm the average reader. If I like it, that's all I worry about.