You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
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.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
If a writer falls in love with you, you'll never die.
Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? And no one had to die.