The important thing is to always match whatever your characters are going through to whatever you’re going through as a creator to what your audience is going through. Fresh Air Interview, May 9, 2000
Writing is hard. AOL Live Chat, November 10, 2002
Write really well. I can only tell you, from my experience, two things about writing. One is that if you’re going to be a writer, it’s because you need to. Which means that you’re writing all the time. I know a lot of people who think they [could] write; the real writers I know need to write. That’s a big difference.
The other thing is, and it took me a long time to figure this out, and it’s gonna sound really stupid… Write about something. It doesn’t have to be a message, it doesn’t have to be a moral. It just has to have some intent. Something that you want to convey that’s yours, that nobody else has conveyed, that nobody else can convey the way you think you can. Sometimes it is a message, and sometimes it is a moral. But the confluence between the meaning of the piece and the structure of the piece is something I didn’t understand for a long time. I just wanted to spin yarns. I just wanted to tell stories. I liked to tell stories. Every world other than the one I was in was of interest to me. And it took me a long time to figure out that within every one of these stories there was some kind of emotional mien that was being fulfilled, or the two of those things came together. The more the meaning of the piece informed why the piece was being written and what it was about, the more it was worth writing about. Wizard World Chicago, August 2004