Advice

He asked me how
To become a writer.
I told him to write.

He asked me what
To write about.
I told him to pick
What moves him.

He asked me where
To find a voice.
I told him to repeat
The first two things
Over and over.

He asked me when
To publish the work.
I told him to wait
Till he had done
The first three things
Over and over.

He asked me why
To wait at all.
I told him to ask
Himself if he wanted
To be a writer, or
Just be known as one.
Writers write first.

He asked me who
To sell the work to.
I told him to ignore
Whatever I’d said
And find a mentor
Who gets sales
And audiences
And money things.

He took that advice.
He’s a bestseller now.