It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
My aim is to put down what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way I can tell it.
Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.