Advice from a Newbery Medal winner and multi-published author:
Neil Gaiman was John Green's surprise guest at An Evening of Awesome last night at Carnegie Hall. Here's Neil's advice for aspiring authors -- and good advice for all of us:
Do not hope that elves will come in the night and write your novel for you.
They NEVER do.
I've tried, and it's a waste of time.
And finish things, just whatever it takes to finish,
finish, and then get on with the next one.
You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished."
(I think I need to get this engraved in a plaque to put right over my writing desk.)