Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall #write badly if I do not live.
If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener
The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.
Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.