Advice for Novelists

I was talking to one of my students yesterday about the process of writing a novel, suggesting that if she thought she had a novel in her she should a) just get on with it and b) probably do some research to help her fill in important textural details.

As internet felicity would have it, my blog-roll turned up two gems this morning, backing me up on those very points. Maggie Steifvater, author of several excellent young adult supernatural fantasy novels, tells how she wrote Linger two hours a week on Wednesdays, because she had to make a living the rest of the time. But she also talks about drafting and filling in the details later and all kinds of good things.

And can you imagine taking a master-class with Terry Pratchett? He talks about the importance of research and of just letting your imagination take you places and how collaborating with Neil Gaiman was so easy because neither of them had egos.

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