"The people who fail at writing are the people who give up because of external pressures, or because they didn't get published in a certain amount of time. You've got to exert your will over the situation."
"I am consumed by the characters I am writing about. I become them. I lose all sense of my own reality when I'm writing a novel. It's refreshing, like running a few miles, the way you feel you finish."
" 'Writing for your readers' is a euphemism for 'writing what you think people will buy'. Don't fall for it! Write for the person you know best: yourself.