Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman(/ˈɡeɪmən/); is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book. In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.
The Guaradian published 10 pieces of writing advice from various authors and today I wanted share Neil’s advice with you.
10 Pieces of Writing Advice From Neil Gaiman
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.
9. Tell your story. Don’t try and tell the stories that other people can tell. Because [as a] starting writer, you always start out with other people’s voices — you’ve been reading other people for years… But, as quickly as you can, start telling the stories that only you can tell — because there will always be better writers than you, there will always be smarter writers than you … but you are the only you.
10. You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
Credits: Wikipedia and The Guardian
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Our featured writer this week is Bhavya with her post It’s Me They Call Unworthy in response to last week’s prompt ‘I am enough’.
Prompts for this week
1. Imagine you have a touch of magic, and can make impossible things happen. What would you do?
2. Write about a teacher that has influenced you.
3. Choose any prompt from the month of June that you haven’t written on before.
4. “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” — Cassandra Clare from Clockwork Angel. Use this quote to inspire a post or within your post.
5. Picture Prompt (courtesy Living my Imperfect Life)