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:
вЂњRead a lot. Read a lot.вЂќ – Magic HoursВ author Tom Bissell
вЂњWrite a lot.вЂќ – I Must Not Think Bad ThoughtsВ author Mark Dery
вЂњDonвЂ™t expect to make any money.вЂќ –В Is That a Fish In Your Ear?В 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?