Emily Temple of Flavorwire just put together a compilation of 12 Great Videos of Famous Authors Giving Advice to Aspring Writers. Sometimes it's good to get advice from someone who is currently on the road and can tell you what the last few miles look like. But it's good to weigh that advice also with the stories and ideas of the people who have already gotten to the rest house.
Which is your favorite author, and which do you think gives the best advice?
“Whatever it is — writing, painting, music — whatever creative endeavor, lots of people want to do it. The odds are against you. But, luckily, very few of them are sane.”
“You have to sit down and you have to write the book of your dreams.”
“Do what you love and love what you do.”
“The reading has to be done. If you don’t read, as a novelist, you’re liable to be hugely influenced by the writers you haven’t read.”
“It’s very important to not censor yourself.”
“Do it again. Or next time, next time you write a story, try and make it a little bit better.”
“Writing is like a sport, it’s like athletics. If you don’t practice, you don’t get any better.”
“Go get your heart broken.”
“If you want to write, it must be the thing not that you want to do, or would like to do. It must be the thing you feel you have to do. It must be that without which you could not live. If you’ve got that, then it’ll be all right.”
“Don’t worry about what your mother thinks of your language.”
“What cliché is, is heard writing, heard thinking, heard feeling. And the writer, you’ve got to look for weight of voice and freshness, and make it your own.”
“Learn when to shut up.”