NYCC Fantasy Authors Video Panel

As I continue my quest to understand writing, the writer and the craft better, I stumbled across an old video from 2010 with a bunch of great fantasy authors. They talk about their influences, their advice, and their approach in brutal honesty. It is worth the hour of your time but here are a few highlights below…


LINK: NYCC Video Panel: The Fantasy Authors | Del Rey and Spectra – Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, Graphic Novels, and More.

I love this moment during Part 1 – 26:30 – Brandon dials in heavily on what it takes to be a writer! (as do many others follow suit quickly!)

Great Quotes:

– “I don’t have a muse. I have a mortgage!”

– Writer’s Block…get over it! Just write, keep writing, write crap, throw it away, and keep writing! Real writers don’t let those things get in their way!

Program & Sites Worth Checking Out:

Write or Die



3 thoughts on “NYCC Fantasy Authors Video Panel

  1. Dave says:

    I think the thing that worries me most about writing is the fear that I will be terrible at it. The concern is less that I’ll make a fool of myself and more that I’ll invest considerable time and energy in something that goes nowhere. I mean, if I make a crap birdhouse, I’m out a couple hours and maybe $20 in materials. If I write a crap novel, I’m out a couple years of my life and probably some of my best ideas.

    And the worst part is, I may never know if what I’ve written is any good. I know plenty of good writers who go unpublished. So even if I write something and it goes nowhere, that’s no guarantee that it’s bad. Then again, looking at the NY Times bestsellers list, that’s no guarantee of quality either.

    That said, I think we can all agree that Brandon Sanderson needs to stop doing panels not because he’s not good at them (he is) but because every minute he’s at one is another minute that I’m not reading the next book of the Stormlight Archive. Selfish? Yes. But my brain demands to know what happens next. At least with the Dresden Files I can start over at the beginning and by the time I get to the end it’s almost time for the next book to come out.

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