Neil Gaiman gives advice on Writing

This bit from the Nerdist podcast, along with a mashup of “writer” movie clips, Is an inspiration to me. Among Neil’s comments are gems like:

“If you’re only going to write when you’re inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you will never be a novelist — because you’re going to have to make your word count today, and those words aren’t going to wait for you, whether you’re inspired or not. So you have to write when you’re not “inspired.” … And the weird thing is that six months later, or a year later, you’re going to look back and you’re not going to remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you wrote because they had to be written.”

Another one that hooked me, as I’m struggling to finish a novel:

“You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”

There are tons more gems in here, and I’d encourage anyone who feels stuck to just give it a listen and get inspired.


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