Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Writers

I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance of writing badly. Lo and behold, shortly thereafter I happen to see this clip on Twitter. And it’s pure gold.

“Most people who want to be writers, it never occurs to them the only way you actually do it is by writing. All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories for you, and they won’t. It’s only you. So you have to write, you have to finish things, you have to get them made, you have to start new things, and that’s really the secret. You put one word after another, like putting bricks onto a wall, and sooner or later you look and you’ve managed to build the palace of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria… out of matchsticks.”

2 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Writers”

  1. It’s so true. It really is just placing one word after the other. And here’s the rub. You sit down to write, and everything you’re coming up with sounds terrible. You think, “oh my God, I’m a terrible writer.” But it’s ok, because you let it sit overnight, come back to it the next day and suddenly realize, “oh, actually, that wasn’t so bad.” Confronting self doubt and the perfectionist voice that comes from within is, I think, one of the most difficult hurdles that stops people from sitting down and just getting it done.

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