Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master.
The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may.
—John F. Kennedy
You can’t just write and write and put things in a drawer. They wither without the warm sun of someone else’s appreciation.
—Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The terrible thing about being a writer is that you don’t decide to become one, you discover that you are one.
I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer.