You may have missed Robin Hobb’s AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) discussion at Reddit, but fear not: The entire archive is ready and available for you to read. Just click here.
You’ll learn tons of stuff about Robin and how she goes about writing her books, among other things:
Who/what was your inspiration to begin writing?
Who is YOUR favorite author? What is your favorite book?
If you had one piece of advice for a group of people, or future writers, what would it be?
I knew from the time I was very young that I wanted to write. I’m not sure there was a particular influence; it was probably a host of factors coming together. I wrote my first short story when I was 7, on pencil paper right before I went out Trick or Treating on Halloween night. I don’t think I have one favorite author any more. Right now, my most anticipated read will be the next George RR Martin book. I think many people share that! But in the mean time, there are so many wonderful writers out there. I have the new Laura Lam book (Shadowplay) on my desk, in galley, and I have The Madman’s Daughter (Megan Shepherd) upstairs with a book mark in it. Both are somewhat new authors. Old favorites go from Asimov to Zelazny with many stops in between, notably Fritz Leiber and Theodore Sturgeon and Peter S Beagle . . . (and can you tell I’m typing from my book shelf now?) Advice to new writers. First, just write. A lot. Second is Read. A Lot. And if you are in school, I’m not sure that you should major in How To Be A Writer. Instead, consider all the things you are interested in and go learn lots of things about rocks or history or mushrooms or the Abyssinians (I’m pretty sure I spelled that right.) Because editors and readers will ultimately forgive you errors in syntax or formatting a lot faster than they’ll forgive you for telling a boring story. And one last thing to do? Write some more. And then read yourself to sleep that night.