I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month.
Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool.
Some days I'm lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but I get as many as six or seven pages on a very good day; the average is probably three pages.
Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement.
I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others.
Somebody asked me about the current choice we're being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it's like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.
What we do as a society is seek simple answers.
Although charismatic, James Dean is no Harrison Ford. In the majority of his movies, sooner or later he got the crap beaten out of him.
Although I've said a million times that I'm not a horror writer, I do like horror.
I have to admit that when I watch a movie in which there is no moral context for the violence - I find that offensive. I think that's potentially damaging to society.
Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct.
If I drive myself to the brink of my ability, then I don't get stale or bored.
I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.