"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson
There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking.
Reading is the sole means by which we slip involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
—Joyce Carol Oates
Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.