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The key ingredients I look for in a fully formed breakout premise are (1) plausibility, (2) inherent conflict, (3) originality and (4) gut emotional appeal.
— Donald Maass, Writing the Breakout Novel
It's said that all writers are thieves. It's also said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Both sayings are true.
— Elizabeth Lyon, Manuscript Makeover
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
— Katherine Paterson
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