"You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so."--Stephen King, On Writing
I legitimately don't even know where to begin with this one. More of a translation issue, I suppose...but I couldn't help myself.
"How would your main characters describe their current circumstances to a close friend, before and then after a few drinks? See if you can take dictation from them as they tell you who they think they are and what life has been like lately."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
So many yummy things belong to the panini.
"So we read to experience the mediocre and the outright rotten; such experience helps us to recognize those things when they begin to creep into our own work, and to steer clear of them."--Stephen King, On Writing
"Whatever your characters do or say will be born out of who they are, so you need to set out to get to know each one as well as possible."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
That poor floof...he must be so embarrassed to be affiliated with such a blatant disregard for common grammatical protocol!
"Being swept away by a combination of great story and great writing--of being flattened, in fact--is part of every writer's necessary formation. You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you."--Stephen King, On Writing
Technically--and let's face it...I'm all about being technical when it comes to typos--there are two mistakes here...
"Bad things happen to good characters, because our actions have consequences, and we do not all behave perfectly all the time. As soon as you start protecting your characters from the ramifications of their less-than-lofty behavior, your story will start to feel flat and pointless, just like in real life."--Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird