Monday, June 27, 2011

Neil Gaiman's Advice

 I went and saw Neil Gaiman last night.  He is touring for the tenth anniversary edition of American Gods.  He is an eloquent and amusing speaker and I enjoyed the evening very much.  During the Q & A someone asked the ubiquitous question “What advice would you give to you fantasy writers?”   I suppose that authors must prepare stock answers for this question, but I thought his advice was particularly good:

  • You have to write.
  • You have to finish what have written.
  • Don’t read fantasy – except to stay on top of the genre – instead read everything else.
  • Read primary sources.
  • Read outside of your comfort level.
  • Tell the stories only you can tell.
  • The quicker you come to writing those stories the better.

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