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Charles de Lint
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Charles de Lint   Charles de Lint is a Canadian musician and fantasy author of dozens of books and short fiction. Many of his stories take place in the Newford universe. His works have received around 15 nominations for the World Fantasy Award, plus several nominations from the British Fantasy Society, Nebula Awards, Bram Stoker, and Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards. Charles de Lint is most famous for his blending of urban fantasy and mythic fiction.

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This episode originally aired on 12/03/2009 with the following authors:
Note: The following interview has been transcribed from The Author Hour radio show. Please excuse any typos, spelling and gramatical errors.

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Matthew Peterson: Now let me ask you the bonus question. Now, I know youíve taught some creative writing workshops in the past. What is some advice youíd give to an aspiring author?

Charles de Lint: Well, we touched on it briefly in the interview, just basically, I donít think anyone should go into it unless they canít not do it. In other words, no one should want to be a writer or an artist or a musician just because they think itís a cool thing to be. They should do it because they have stories to tell--they have things they have to get out of themselves.

As to the practicalities of it, people always hate it when you tell them this, but itís a matter of reading a lot and writing a lot. And the reading a lot is so that you see how itís done. You can have all the best writers in the world as your mentors, right at your fingertips. You read a book and you ask some questions. You ask, why am I bored here? Or why is this exciting? Or why do I like this character? Why do I not like this character? And you look at the text and see what the writer has done, just to give you tools to be able to do it.

And then the writing a lot is Ďcause itís practice and really writing is like everything else. Everyone can write to some degree, you know, they write letters and memos and emails and things. They figure they just have to turn around and sit down and write something, but you know, itís like playing a piano, if you learn how to play the piano, you wouldnít expect to be at Carnegie Hall in two weeks time performing, and itís the same thing with writers, youíve got to put a lot of practice in--a lot of hours.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah. Well, thatís good advice. With my first novel, I sent it out to publishers and Iím waiting... You know, thereís a long wait; thereís months and months and months of waiting. And Iím like, you know, why donít I start writing some short fiction? And I realized, wow, that short fiction can really . . . it doesnít take as long as a novel... just write one little five page story or ten page story and really get the feel for different ways of writing. And it really helped me.

Charles de Lint: Like you say, you donít have a huge time commitment, so you can try outlandish things and if it doesnít work youíve only lost a couple of weeks.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah, yeah, exactly.

Charles de Lint: My suggestion is if you want to make a living as a writer, that when youíve turned that first novel in, start the next one.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah.

Charles de Lint: So, you know, if you just . . . thatís the best way to do it as far as Iím concerned.

Matthew Peterson: Yeah, I think so.

Charles de Lint: I write every single day. Doesnít matter what day it is: birthdays, Christmas, whatever, just to keep it going.

Matthew Peterson: Well, good advice, thank you so much, Charles.

Charles de Lint: Yeah, youíre welcome.



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