Taken from notes at a lecture on creative writing, circa 2002.
+Habits of a writer's mind+
1. reading voraciously and widely--it becomes the text in your head "that's what you'll write." read a lot.
2. Observing the world--the "antennae of the race;"
"imaginary gardens with real toads."
3. Keep a good notebook--record everything
"In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts."
4. Write regularly. try a writing schedule--discipline
"Something almost always comes. And if it doesn't, I just lower my standard and write