Q: If you could talk to your novice-writer self, what bit of advice would you give?
A: There’s a difference between being a writer and being a storyteller, and the faster you understand the difference, the happier you’ll be with your own work. Better still if you understand the basic definition of a story: a story is about someone trying to do something difficult and how they change inwardly as a result. But don’t abandon your love of stories of ideas, philosophies, or other abstract things, because — though it’ll be more difficult to write about those things — those are what fulfill you and make your stories so unique. And more people will love them than you think!
And don’t be afraid to change what/how you write if you think it means betraying yourself. If you change in order to better chase your dreams, then you become more you than if you changed nothing.