A good writer never stops learning, or being excited by a new voice or style. Gone Girl was so structurally clever, I had to read it twice to try to work out how the author pulled it off. Keith Ridgway’s Hawthorn and Child was so odd and angular, I also read it twice – once for pleasure, once as a hard-nosed pro – was he doing anything I could or should be doing?
Writers are made—-forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities—-over the course of many moons. The writer you are when you begin is not the writer you become
Chuck Wendig, The Kick-Ass Writer