- It's fun to sit around your pajamas and make things up.
- It is incredibly challenging. You feel you have the perfect story inside you but because you are imperfect you can never quite get to it. However, in that struggle is immense satisfaction.
- Nothing in your life—the good, the bad, the ugly—is wasted. All of it can be recycled in a very altered form into your writing.
- Let's say you have a really, really bad day. Most people just have to live with it. Oh, they might say, at least it will make a good story, but they don't really mean it. However, you, when you say this, will.
- A friend betrays you. Later, perhaps much later, a particularly villainous character with a physical defect and an unspecified disease may show up acting and sounding very much like that friend.
- Of course, I'm joking. Sort of. Anyway, all the things that happen in your life do influence your fiction.
- Amy Hemple wrote in an essay in a book titled Why I Write (Will Blythe, Editor) that:
“Writing is as close as I will ever come to achieving the kind of self-regard that was available to my brother at the age of ten, when he composed the shapely and authoritative English theme: ‘Why I am my Favorite Person.'”Alas, this is true. When I'm writing I feel better than myself.
- Sometimes when the writing is going well I feel I'm tapped into something much larger and greater than myself.
- And last and also first: it's fun to sit around in your pajamas and make things up.