Don't write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn't be changed.
I sweat blood to make my style simple and stripped bare.
I am not responsible for the ideas and opinions that my characters express.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Sometimes a flat-footed sentence is what serves, so you don’t get all writerly: “He opened the door.” There, it’s open.
Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
—Alain de Botton
Dialogue has to create a life. It has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue.
Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.