This 2010 The Paris Review interview is worth a read: “I don’t believe in optimism. I believe in optimal behavior. That’s a different thing. If you behave every day of your life to the top of your genetics, what can you do? Test it. Find out. You don’t know—you haven’t done it yet. You must live life at the top of your voice!”
The author gives 12 pieces of writing advice to young writers.