From one of the best writers ever, and my personal favourite, Stephen King,
” When it comes to writing fiction, the writer’s only responsibility is to look for the truth inside his own heart. It won’t always be the reader’s truth, or the critic’s truth, but as long as it’s the writer’s truth – all is well. For writers who knowingly lie, for those who substitute unbelievable human behaviour for the way people really act , I have nothing but contempt. Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation, bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do – to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”
God, I love that man. And am in awe of his ability to be starkly real and draw me into the various worlds he creates.