"You either have to write or you shouldn’t be writing. That’s all."
Joss Whedon (via wordsnquotes)
Forgive me if I’ve told this story, but back in 2007, I met Joss Whedon in the “my airline ticket isn’t working!” help desk at LAX.
I recognized him and my brain detonated a little, but he was with his family and I didn’t want to bother him. I settled for going up to him after his tickets had been fixed, and saying how much I liked his work, complimenting him particularly on the BUFFY comic (which was new at the time).
Happily, though, Joss and I wound up next to each other in the security line, and I told him a very little bit about myself and asked him if he had any advice. He did, and some of it feels too personal and treasured to share, but here is one of my favorite things he said:
"Don’t write stuff just for money. I’ve done it, my friends have done it, and it made us all miserable. Deliver pizzas before you write stuff just for money."
Anyway, yeah, what a wonderful encounter that was. I’ll never forget it, and never stop being grateful for it.
"I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book."
— Beth Revis (via observando)
Me: Did you cry?
Him: My eyes were wet.
Me: Ah, then you have passed the test: you are human.
Me: TFiOS is the gom jabbar of YA.
I now know things about Dune! Thank you Google.
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