"The vast body of literature, in every domain, is composed of hand-me-down ideas. The question — never resolved, alas! — is to what extent it would be efficacious to curtail the overwhelming supply of cheap fodder. One thing is certain today — the illiterate are definitely not the least intelligent among us. If it be knowledge or wisdom one is seeking, then one had better go direct to the source. And the source is not the scholar or philosopher, not the master, saint, or teacher, but life itself — direct experience of life. The same is true for art. Here, too, we can dispense with ‘the masters.’"
"Fuck winter: editing is coming."
"Like a diaphanous nightgown, language both hides and reveals."
"Writing a novel belongs to that category of thing—like surviving the Hunger Games and eating an entire large pizza by yourself—that appears to be impossible but actually isn’t."
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
"Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself."