Writers on writing: Joss Whedon

Riki Lindhome (actress, writer and one half of Garfunkel and Oates) interviews Joss Whedon about writing and his career.

I recommend listening to the whole thing: Joss comes across as a really nice, down-to-earth guy.

Even though Joss says he ‘loves writing’ (the lucky duck) and he’s one those irritatingly prolific people who make me feel more-than-usually-inadquate, I did enjoy his advice to the would-be writer:

“If you’re a writer you need to write. You have to do it and you need to have to do it because it’s gruelling. You have to give yourself over to it completely. And that doesn’t mean that you have to become tortured, it doesn’t mean you have to become a dick, it doesn’t mean you have to ignore the people you love, it just means that is you. That is what you are. And that kind of passionate tenacity is necessary when people are telling you it’s not going to work out.”

[Via Diane Shipley on Twitter – thanks!]


One response to “Writers on writing: Joss Whedon”

  1. Diane Avatar

    Aw, you’re welcome! It’s a great interview, isn’t it? One of those chats about writing that makes it seem fun and makes all kinds of things seem possible. And I loved what he said about his wife and Venice — I hope he gets his wish…