A personal assault

“I’ve always thought that the sort of book that I do—and I’ve got enough ego to think that every novelist should do this—should be a kind of personal assault. It ought to be somebody lunging right across the table and grabbing you and messing you up. It should get in your face. It should upset you, disturb you. And not just because you get grossed out.” — Stephen King

Things I Learned from my Debut Novel

“My cell rang and it was my agent on the other end with the news [that my novel had been acquired by Harper Collins]. I started to laugh like crazy in the paper goods aisle, until tears came to my eyes. Here was the moment I had been waiting for, and I was surrounded by super-size packages of toilet paper and paper towels. This should have been a warning: I was so not prepared for what was about to happen.” — Robin Antalek

It’s not time wasted

Trust me when I say this: It’s hard putting a manuscript in the drawer. It’s a huge blow to the ego, it’s utterly painful to think back on all the time you spent writing that novel and dreaming about what would happen when you’re finished and admitting to yourself that you came up short. But it’s not time wasted, and you didn’t come up short. The next novel you write is bound to be better. — Nathan Bransford