Cheap Wine, Plastic Chairs: A weekly series that celebrates everyone’s favorite part of the author reading: the Q&A. This week, John Green and Neil Gaiman at Carnegie Hall.

Advice for aspiring novelists?

John Green: My two pieces of advice are to read a lot and to read broadly and my second piece of advice is to tell stories to your friends and pay attention to when they get bored.

Neil Gaiman: I was gonna say, read everything, write, and finish things — just whatever it takes to finish, finish and then go on to the next one. You will learn more from glorious failure than you ever will from something that you never finished.

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