When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you feel that it all happened to you and after which it all belongs to you.
The first draft of anything is shit.