Never read bad stuff if you're an artist; it will impair your own game.
There's nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.
The only thing an artist has to remember is to never lose faith in his vision.
Using a first-person narrator is simply a matter of hearing the voice inside yourself.
Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.
The story of Ulysses and Agamemnon and Menelaus, of Jesus, of the Good Knight of Chaucer, lives in every one of us.
That's one of the great advantages of age. You can say, I don't want to, I don't care, you can throw temper tantrums, and nobody minds.
You do it a day at a time. You write as well as you can, you put it in the mail, you leave it under submission, you never leave it at home.
I used to save all my rejection slips because I told myself, one day I'm going to autograph these and auction them. And then I lost the box.
If you put somebody on a crack pipe and give them a 9 mm Baretta, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what's going to happen next.