Every writing teacher I ever had except for one told me I was an awful writer, had no idea what I was doing, and should stop immediately. It only took the one to tell me something different to light a fire under me.
Vampires should be pretty much like mean girls, all the time, only amazing at it. Flawless. They've had time.
Every morning is a battle between the superego and the id, and I am a mere foot soldier with mud and a snooze button on her shield.
Monsters almost always are culture's way of working out their fears and are thus inherently incredibly interesting and powerful.
No matter what you write, you actually can't help retelling a fairy tale somewhere along the way.