Hi, I'm fifteen years old and have been writing for years but only recently has my writing got better. My dream is to become an author someday but I'm so worried no one will like my stories and I won't get published. How do I stop worrying that I won't reach my dream?
To you, what really distinguishes fantasy as a genre, as opposed to simply literature that uses magic, or is set in an older, and possibly mythical land? So much literature of the past (Shakespeare, Swift, Tennyson) uses many of the conventions of fantasy but is not considered such: so is there a good reason for distinguishing fantasy as a genre (or subgenre) of literature? Do you feel it is more than an marketing term, and gives strength and definition to writers of a certain kind...or is it a ... See More stigma that relegates these works to a certain part of the bookstore (if we still shop at those)? Related to this, do you ever feel like you have to explain why you write these works to more "serious" minded writers and critics?
What advice would you give to a fourteen year old who's dream is to become a best selling author? I know you can't really pave the road for us, but do you have any advice that can help us clear the road ourselves with good intentions?
Does that even make sense?
I know my book sucks right now, but I'm working on it. And it gets harder and harder to keep working on something you think is terrible. But I love writing, and so I keep at it. What do you do when you hit a roadblock in ... See More your book and you don't know how to continue?
What inspires you to keep writing, even when it seems impossible to finish, when you have writers block and you just feel like breaking down?
One of my favorite and most returned-to writing articles is your "Thoughts on Revision" from Jeff VanderMeer's "Wonderbook". I discovered it right around the same time I had started revising my first novel, which I had started to feel discouraged about since seeing that "crap first draft" and having no idea how to handle it. Your perspective on revision actually helped me re-frame how I edited, as well as why patience is so important in the writing process. I've happily taken this with me
through two novels now.
I'm curious about how how long it took you to recognize your own revision process? And do you find that it has changed from book to book?
Did you get a say in the casting for "The Magicians"?
Did you have some sort of dream cast in mind, or any person in your head when writing any specific character?
What was the toughest criticism you received and how did you move beyond it?
Did your stories get rejected a lot? It is hard to imagine that your works, which are so successful, could ever have been turned down.
Great to have you!
What did you do when you found out that Syfy wanted to adapt "The Magicians" for television?
Do you feel like television is better for book adaptions than films as they grant a greater time period for plot devices and character development?
Is there one piece of advise that someone gave you when you started writing that you think is important for others to know ? What is it ? Thank You, Valerie Payne
Where do you get your inspiration? like how do you structure your thoughts and imagination into a piece of literary genius, do you take inpiration from your daily life or people that you have met or is it all in your head?
Lev Grossman will answer all your questions on 2nd of October
Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, notably the author of the novels Warp, Codex, The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land. He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME.