LJ: What sort of advice do you have for aspiring poets, novelists and screenwriters?
Alexie: Read, read, read. Read 1,000 pages for every one you try to write. Everybody wants to come up and ask “What advice do you have?” and I say “What’s your favorite book?” or “What book did you last read?” If you don’t have that information…If you aren’t carrying a book around with you, then you’re doomed.
When you look at great writers, you’re looking at people who are actually better readers. Period. So that’s where you start.