A. Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part.
A. Did that really happen? (All too often: Yes)
A. Read more. And, read mostly outside your genre.
A. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
Shadowland - Peter Straub
Dubliners- James Joyce
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
1984 - George Orwell
[And 10+ more... like being asked to pick your favorite son]
A. See author list above. I'm ALWAYS rereading at minimum one of them.