Alex Garland is most well known for writing “Dredd,” “Sunshine,” “28 Days Later,” and most recently “Ex Machina.” He’s also a novelist, producer, and recently a director. He’s got a great grip on Horror, whether it’s a zombie apocalypse or a A.I. thriller. If you haven’t seen his movies, or read his books, they’re very good. This quote shows what works for him as a writer.
“Show people your stuff, listen carefully to their responses, but ultimately don’t value anyone’s opinion above your own. Be influenced by writers you dislike as well as writers you like. Read their stuff to figure out what’s wrong. Find a balance between the confidence that allows you continue, and the self-critical facility that enables you to improve. Get the balance wrong on either side, and you’re screwed.”