If you don’t think there is magic in writing, you probably won’t write anything magical. - Terry Brooks
There is no beauty without some strangeness. - Edgar Allan Poe
Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. - CS Lewis
Pixar's story model: Once upon a time there was a ____ Every day, ____ Until one day, _____ Because of that, _____ Because of that, _____ Until finally,______
Hey, quick question: how do I plot a book? Write down everything that happens in the story, then in the second draft make it look like you knew what you were doing all along. - Neil Gaiman
It all starts with that first line.
As an author, there comes a moment when you must choose if you want to monetize your art.