Essays and Views on The Complete Handbook of...
From N. M. Kelby, author of The Constant Art of Being a Writer in Chapter One, Taming the Beast - "Always begin with your protagonist. Establish Time and Place, and announce The Stakes."
From Robert Ludlum - "Sometimes one can over-analyze. If you preordain, you stifle yourself. Have a general idea, and let the rest come naturally, out of the characters and their situations."
From Leigh Brackett, author and screenwriter for such movies as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, The Long Goodbye and The Empire Strikes Back - "I say the hell with plot! I'm going to write stories about people the way I see them. I'm sick of formula - Hero, Heroine, Heavy. I'm sick of 'Neat and Tidy,' with every puppet jerking through 'What Ought to Be.'"
From Tom Clancy - "Two questions form the foundation of all novels: 'What if?' and 'What next?' A third question, 'What Now?,' is one the author asks himself every ten minutes. Every novel begins with, 'What if this happened?' That's how you write."
How can you not go Ga-Ga over good advice like that?