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Fault in Our Stars Author John Green on Writing: ‘It Ain’t Coal Mining’

On Saturday afternoon, the Paper Towns and Fault in Our Stars author joined Margaret Lyons at the Vulture Festival to discuss writing, never making plans, and how America is like a teenager. He also shared some advice for dealing with the frustrations of the blank page and the industry: “Any time I complain about writing — and it ain’t easy — I always remember my dad saying to me, when I was complaining about something publishing-related early in my career, ‘Well, it ain’t coal mining.’ And it ain’t.” Perspective and more await in the video below.

John Green on Writing: ‘It Ain’t Coal Mining’