Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

-Stephen King

Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.

-William Faulkner

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

-Ray Bradbury

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

-Oscar Wilde

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

-Anaïs Nin

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

-Robert Frost

Almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. Only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.

From Joe vs. the Volcano, a flop of a movie that I just can’t help adoring to bits.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

-Sylvia Plath

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.

-Lloyd Alexander

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

-Jack Kerouac