Interview Excerpt w/ George Saunders
Here's the end of a recent interview Slushpile.net did with writer George Saunders (click on title above for full interview):
Slushpile: What is your single-best, most-important, can'���t-live-without writing tip you would offer to aspiring authors?
Saunders: Keep going. Your subconscious mind is a lot smarter than you are. Just keep giving it a chance and in time it may reward you. Get out of the way a little bit, have fewer ideas about what kind of writer you are and what it is you are going to accomplish. Find out what kind of writer you are and be prepared to accept that writer, no matter how different he/she is from what you���'d hoped�.
Slushpile: What is your single-best, most-important, can'���t-live-without publishing tip you would offer to aspiring authors struggling to break into print?
Saunders: I know this advice feels facile but honestly--stop worrying about getting published. Think about writing something that comes from the heart and that you would feel unashamed to show to your greatest historical writing hero. Maybe we can'���t get there, but I think what every reader wants to read is someone in the act of swinging for the fences, unselfconsciously, with joy and abandon and the highest possible hopes. Who could resist that, right? Link