Neil Gaiman’s 8 Finest Writing Tips

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A Portrait of Neil Gaiman by Adrien Deggan

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art ― write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” ~ Neil Gaiman

Writing Tips

Neil Gaiman offers eight inspiring writing tips. You may also enjoy reading free short stories by Neil Gaiman here. The amazing portrait above: A Portrait of Neil Gaiman is by Adrien Deggan.

1. Write.

2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.

5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing.

Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

7. Laugh at your own jokes.

8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like.

(That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.)

So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” ― Neil Gaiman

Image: A Portrait of Neil Gaiman by Adrien Deggan via A Dribble of Ink.

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  1. Linda Mike says

    Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s finest writers. I enjoy his writeups. It is always full of wisdom and knowledge. He is truly a Philosopher

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