His advice about music made me want to give someone a high-five. I am a soundtrack person, totally. Sometimes silence is a very potent sound but a good choice of music is like a vitamin.
Author Amy Tan has also commented about having a nice classical CD or movie soundtrack playing in the background when she writes. My past experience in the music business gives me a wide variety to choose from. So I am all set to go in this department.
Chapter 4, among other things is about the need to write out your "Magna Cartas".
One should be a list of what you think a novel should contain, and the other list is it's "evil twin" - what makes a novel worth flinging across the room.
Once I have made these two lists, I will be more or less ready to start my crusade. However, I am still in the middle of my Time Finding Week. Tomorrow is also the start of the biggest week I've had in at least 6 months... I think I will try to get through this Time Finding Week first....