"I wrote two five-page short stories, two five-page epics, to audition for my college’s creative writing workshops and was turned down both times. I was crushed, but in retrospect it was perfect training for being a writer. You can keep “write what you know”—-for a true apprenticeship, internalize the world’s indifference and accept rejection and failure into your very soul."
"You can say that things could have turned out differently. That they could have been some other way. But what does that mean? They are not some other way. They are this way. You’re asking that I second say the world. Do you see?"
"It may, after all, be all right to do something scary without thinking, but not when the scariness is the not thinking itself. Not when not thinking turns out to be wrong…When it all turns out to be different, you should get to think. It should be required."