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There is no such thing as an “author.” Instead, there are only people who write stuff that they want other people to buy. Nobody dreams about writing for free, and those few who don’t care whether people buy what they write are called “poets.”

Rob Eager

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

Marcel Duchamp

All my stories that are worth anything are based on some sort of personal metaphor.

When I was eight years old a little girl went into Lake Michigan, that I was playing with, and she never came out. What a mystery it was to hear about this thing called drowning, and death. And she stayed with me for 12, 13, 14 years, the memory of her disappearing into the lake. And when I was 22 I sat at the typewrite one day and remembered the story of this girl…

When I finished the short story I burst into tears. I realized that after ten years of writing I had finally written something beautiful.

I had turned a corner into my interior self. I wasn’t writing exterior stuff. I wasn’t writing for the right or the left or the in between. I was writing for me. And I discovered that was the way to go.

Ray Bradbury

I consider myself to be the audience I’m writing for…

I think there’s an analogy to be drawn with cooking. Theoretically, why does a chef need to have a good palate?….Well, obviously, I’d rather take my chances with a chef who likes the food they’re cooking than one who doesn’t. Only the chef who likes it is going to know when it’s exactly right, not almost right. And only the chef who likes it can put passion into it, playing with the flavors night after night, augmenting and complementing and pairing the dish with wines and so forth.

Keep this in mind … when you’re getting notes on your completed draft….
If you trust that you have a good palate — that you don’t like crap — then you can trust that when you’ve made something to fit your taste, that there will be many many people who agree with you.

Jane Espenson