"You can have an idea that sounds stupid and like it will never work, but if you can find a way to make it work, that’s really good. And only you know that you can do that, or not do it. Someone else can’t really see the way."
"The difference between career writers and people who’ve just done one book or not been published is not talent as much as persistence. Keep doing it, keep doing it, until something works. … Just keep doing it until luck comes to your side."
"I think [young writers] might have a tendency to, they get excited about an idea, they start a project, and inevitably you hit a point where it seems boring or it’s not working or you’re tired of it. But if you can push past that, and even if you think what you’re writing is terrible, write it all the way through to the end. Because you can never really accomplish anything unless you write it through to the end."
"The main difference I’m finding between YA and adult fiction is that in YA fiction, teenagers are trying to be more grown-up than they actually are, and in adult fiction, adults are acting like teenagers."
"Anything that gave me nightmares was something I held in high regard."
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