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The recipe for great art has always been misery and a good bowel movement.
Nothing's a better cure for writer's block than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.
Writers often torture themselves trying to get the words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it.
If you write a kid's book only for kids, then you have failed.
Fear and self-doubt are the deadly enemies of creativity. Don’t invite either into your mind.
It's my belief that people enter your life at exactly the right time.
Audiences will admire your character’s strength but connect with them through their weakness.
You cannot write your character until you know how he or she thinks, until you know what their philosophy is in the world that they occupy.
Keep being bold on the page, and in life, and people cannot ignore you forever.
Always work with/surround yourself with people who help make you a better version of you. Kindly avoid those who don't.
Regarding the creative: never assume you're the master, only the student. Your audience will determine if you're masterful.
Write about the thing that scares you most or your most private confession and you'll never have a problem coming up with decent fiction.
The best writers I've read possess oodles of self-doubt, yet claw their way up with each work and remain humble. Boastful ones, not so much.
Writing a first-draft battle scene is akin to real combat—chaos, confusion, and you must keep your cool as you fire word bullets downrange.
Authors must spend months, years making fantasy believable in a single work while reality runs rampant and complete chaos elsewhere.
Writing a story, regardless of length, begins always with a single word.
Love it when a compelling new character kicks open your mental door, tracks mud across your brain, and props their feet up on your cerebrum.
I write fiction. It may have mystery, it may have horror, it may have fantasy, it may have love, but like life, it's all the same genre.
A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.
Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible.
Mothman flew away from town, like a giant bat, and then disappeared from sight behind a thicket of skeletal autumn trees.
Creativity and intelligence, rather than violence, are the best problem solvers.
You're never as good a writer as you think you are, and you're never as bad. Just keep reading and writing, writing, writing.
A writer always writes.
When you print out your manuscript and read it, marking up with a pen, it sometimes feels like a criminal returning to the scene of a crime.
Write for impact first, money second. If you do it the other way around, you’ll end up with less of either.
You can be a writer who doesn't read everyday. But you're not fooling anyone. It shows, rather embarrassingly, in your work.
Even if you're in the thick of revising another work, write something new. Something small. It's important to keep telling yourself stories.
When writing, I uncage KAT: Keep Adding Tension. Even if I don't know where the story's going, petting the KAT keeps it purring.
I don't use big words to show off because it's ostentatious.
Successful writing is a slow, daily, meticulous form of mental illness.
If you treat your characters like people, they'll reward you by being fully developed individuals.