Jer.6:27 I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.
I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it's dull, you're just not communicating.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
There are some people who read too much: The bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as others are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.
~H. L. Mencken
Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write my books so when the reader gets to the end of a chapter, he or she must turn one more page. When people tell me I've kept them up all night, I feel like I've succeeded!
When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
"You must write every single day of your life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads….may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world."