Listen to people and treat people as you find them. There’s an inherent goodness in most people. Don’t pre-judge people – that was my Mom’s advice anyway.
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
Let me give you some advice, bastard: never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.” This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.
My best advice for writers is: Have your adventures, make your mistakes, and choose your friends poorly — all these make for great stories.