I gave up writing for seven years (very biblical) and picked it up again, still clueless and still seeking the exotic, when I was twenty-one.
A mentor, a 'teacher,' is like an editor. I absolutely value my editor, who is my teacher.
As a writer, I'm always aware of the fact that there are so many books out there.
As a writer, you write the book, you give it to your editor, it's copy edited, it's published, it's thrown out there, and then there's a response.
At the age of twenty, having published nothing and having had little guidance in my reading, I decided that I wanted to write.
One day, at my office, I wrote down some names and dates and notes, and I wrote a title, 'The Age of Despair,' and then some other 'Ages' - Innocence, God, Reason, Hope - and I wrote this as well: 'Woman, born in 1930, lives till the age of 80 or so, suffers depression, marries a car dealer, has children who grow up to confuse her.'