A podcast interview about writing, creativity and the challenges of teaching in multilingual environments, with Dr Tim Hannigan.
A copy of my talk from the third Zhouyi summit forum in Wuxi, China (with Chinese translation).
Three rules for the creative life: avoid suffering, embrace difficulty, seek out pleasure
Writing fiction is like making bread. You need to know when to knead it, and when to just let it rise.
If you want to create, you need to be professional. But you also need to be an amateur.
Writing doesn't have to involve misery.
Advice on writing from the most literary of all philosophers.
Creativity happens when you find the courage to do absolutely nothing
Don't work harder. Work softer.
Two approaches to world-building
How to stop getting weighed down.
Creative luck is not just blind chance. It can be cultivated
Nourishing life to nourish your writing, and nourishing writing to nourish your life.
The Chinese writer Liu Xie on writing without the struggle.
Unless we are accustomed to moving across the borderlands between hard work and laziness, then we are not going to live optimally
Boredom, creativity and Walter Benjamin
Creative writing teaching is about more than churning out big-shot novelists.