At a panel discussion at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, an audience member asked three established writers what advice they had for aspiring scribes. Their answers were so simple and so true:
“Read a lot. Read a lot.” – Magic Hours author Tom Bissell
“Write a lot.” – I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts author Mark Dery
“Don’t expect to make any money.” – Is That a Fish In Your Ear? author David Bellos
I couldn’t agree more (especially with the last one).
My own advice? Believe in your writing and have confidence in your work–because if you don’t, no one else will.
And let’s not forget Hemingway’s very wise words on the subject.
What would be your advice?