Once a novel gets going and I know it is viable, I don't then worry about plot or themes. These things will come in almost automatically because the characters are now pulling the story.
I don't care about age very much. I think back to the old people I knew when I was growing up, and they always seemed larger than life.
Many writers can't make a living. So to be able to teach how to write is valuable to them. But I don't really know about its value to the student. I don't mean it's useless. But I wouldn't have wanted anyone to teach me how to write.
Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.
Franklin Knight Lane