We work in the dark—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.
Write. Write every day, even if it is only a page or two. The more you write, the better you’ll get.
—George R.R. Martin
One should be able to return to the first sentence of a novel and find the resonances of the entire work.
I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied ...
Editors are extremely fallible people. Don't put much trust in them.
Characters make their own plot. The dimensions of the characters determine the action of the novel.