Check out the bestselling author's top tips for becoming a writer

An interview with BBC's What's New has the Nigerian-American sharing details about growing up in America, her novel and advice to young writers.

Last year, Harvard graduate, Tomi Adeyemi's first book, “Children of Blood and Bone” has been described as the biggest fantasy debut novel of 2018 and has scored a million-dollar book and movie deal.

Safe to say, Adeyemi is quite an amazing writer. In her interview, she says that she drew inspiration for the book from her time in Brazil, where she learnt about Yoruba myths and gods. She also talks briefly about the ups and downs of growing up as the first child of first-generation immigrants, though her parents did not teach her and her siblings Yoruba because they wanted to use it as a secret code to talk about their children whilst they were in the room.

The most exciting part of the interview was when she dropped tips for budding writers who want to create great novels like hers somedays. So, here are the top tips for becoming a great writer, according to Tomi Adeyemi.

Tip 1: Read, read, read!

"Reading is great because anytime you read you're learning new things, going into new worlds. You're figuring out what makes a story work or what makes a story not work. So, read."

Tip 2: Write

"This is easy because you like to write. Seriously, every time you write you're getting better — whether it's a book you finish or it's a book you don't finish. I've been writing my whole life [and] I only have three finished books. I have dozens and dozens of unfinished stories but all of them helped me get to Children of Blood and Bone. So, just keep writing."

Tip 3: Nothing is Wasted

"I think this is the most important one — it is to note that nothing is wasted. I used to be really down on myself when i wouldn't finish a book or when i would write 300 pages of fan fiction instead of writing my own story because i thought i was wasting my time. But everything i did — whether i was daydreaming or not finishing a story or writing fan fiction — helped me. It was training. So, know that nothing you do is wasted."

Tip 4: Read! Read!! Read!!!

Tip 5: Write! Write!! Write!!!

Watch the full interview below.

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