- 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.
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: