What you don't know that you know

Some things I heard my first few days from my teachers at AWW: 

“Don’t make it up; imagine it.” 

“You can’t have too much conflict. Don’t be too nice to your characters.” 

“Read widely and read closely.” 

“The more you [write], the more you give yourself the opportunity to do something good.” 

“Instead of writing what you know, write to find out what you don’t know that you know.”

“We’re here to figure out who we are and realize our potential. We’re here to love and be loved. What a shitstorm that is.”