If you’re a writer, you know all too well the discouragement one faces when trying to successfully write a book. Struggling to write through the doubts and fears that your book is better off in a garbage can than at a Barnes & Noble is a battle many aspiring writers don’t make it out of.
John Green, the author of books such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Turtles All the Way Down, did a Reddit AMA during an eight-hour bus ride on Thursday as he was travelling to Charlotte, NC where a Reddit user asked the author to discuss some of the most difficult aspects of writing a novel, which ended up being some pretty inspiring advice.
Green had this to say:
With NaNoWriMo approaching, writers everywhere are getting ready to take on the challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. There’s a misconception among non-writers that writing is some easy career path that allows you to stay home in your pajamas all day, but crafting a compelling story and telling it well is an extremely difficult task to achieve.
So to all aspiring writers at there, if you want to take anything away from Green’s experience, maybe all there is to figure out is if the idea you want to write about will actually make a good story, and if it is, then keep writing.