Zach Weinersmith (of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal fame) was here in Austin for the Texas Book Festival this morning. His talk dealt mostly with Soonish, but at the end there were a few interesting nuggets about his creative process.
- Zach reads 3-5 books a week when he’s not on a promotional tour.
- The reliability of the comic comes from setting aside an hour every day to write, even if that time is spent staring at a blank page.
- When stuck, it’s vital to read something that’s difficult for you to understand.
He expanded on these a bit at the signing. I’m paraphrasing, but:
“Some people say they read a lot, but it’s all fantasy and science fiction. That’s fine, but maybe go back 200 years to the source material that those things come from.”