- To be a writer you must write.
- Finish things.
- Read, read, read.
- George R.R. Martin said recently in an interview that his characters are more real to him than some real-world people.
- Regarding her missing her characters, J.K. Rowling said, "I really miss all of them, but I suppose I'm going to have to say Harry because he is my hero and there is a lot of me in Harry."
and "What you write becomes who you are…so make sure you love what you write!"
and "Sometimes I actually hated the book, even while I loved it."
- Stephenie Meyer said "My focus is the characters--that's the part of the story that is most important to me. I feel the best way to write believable characters is to really believe in them yourself."
and "try not to focus on the publishing part while you write—tell yourself a story that you really love."