Saturday, January 18, 2014
Between the Bindings with Anton Troia
Anton is an interesting guy - just have a conversation with him and you'll understand what I mean. His book (The Last Overseer) was quite good and I can't wait to read the one he's working on now. If you're into things like science fiction, alien invasion, the dangers of technological progress and adventure, then you should definitely check out his stuff.
On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer, write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less.
Ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Anybody can be a critic. Writers are priceless.
Go where the pleasure is in your writing. Go where the pain is. Write the book you would like to read. Write the book you have been trying to find but have not found. But write. And remember, there are no rules for our profession. Ignore rules. Ignore what I say here if it doesn't help you. Do it your own way.
Every writer knows fear and discouragement. Just write.
The world is crying for new writing. It is crying for fresh and original voices and new characters and new stories. If you want to write the classics of tomorrow, well, we will not have any.
Great advice, Anton. Thank you so much for joining us today.
Until next time, y'all :) ...
UPDATE: I've just been informed by Mr Troia that this advice is actually advice he received from Anne Rice during a conversation on her Facebook page. He says it's "the most motivating thing any writer has ever told me." Thank you for sharing, Anton. :)