"You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, 'This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I'm doing the best I can-buy me or not-but this is who I am as a writer."
"What you want on the first page is something that is going to beckon the reader in."
"There's no better teacher for writing than reading... Get a library card. That's the best investment."
"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced."
"If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor."
"Create a worthy opponent. The villain will be the catalyst for everything."
"There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise."
"The difficulties of the hero are the same thing as the difficulties of the writer."