1. Every story must make its own rules and obey them.
  2. The more you learn to hear your prose as you write it the better your sentences will flow.
  3. To write a story is to perform it, or to ask your reader to perform it. You've got to make it performable.
  4. There comes a point when you have to send it away.
  5. Don't let the old white men scare you. They're on their way out!