Neil Gaiman’s Writing Advice

I seldom press … this one is Neil’s and it deserves all the presses in the world. – Asmartrock

Neil Gaiman’s Writing Advice from Silver Birch Press

Neil Gaiman’s Writing Advice

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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.

Illustration: Becky Walker, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on September 5, 2012, in General and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for linking to our post about the wondrous writer Neil Gaiman!

    Best wishes,
    Silver Birch Press

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