- Write to get it written and to be read.
- Write to polish your talent.
- Write about nothing—it’s the only thing you’re truly expert at.
- Write until someone pays you to write, and then write some more.
- Write to make sense of nonsense and nonsense of sense.
- My secret of writing? Butt to chair; finger tips to keys; mind to the matter at hand.
- My story must have ideas bigger than a few hundred 6×9 pages sandwiched between a glossy cover.
- I never find answers in my stories—when I write, I continually find more questions.
- I’m elated when a reader is angry with what I’ve written—at the very least I’ve elicited an emotional response. My worse nightmare is a reader who shrugs his shoulders and declares, “Meh.”
- I’m like a duck on the water when I write: You see me cool and calm on the surface, but what you don’t see is me paddling like hell underneath to keep afloat and to keep going in a certain direction.
- Most writers have a moral compass. The problem is they are turning in every direction trying to find a directional point that helps them feel comfortable rather than simply following true North.
- I breathe; therefore, I write.
See you on the bookshelves.
PS: A bonus 14. I don’t know how to write a novel. I only know how to write the novel I’m writing now. When this novel is finished, I have to learn to write my next novel.