Rules for Writing Fiction – Neil Gaiman


“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”

What a wonderful and inspiring way to look at writing. Neil Gaiman has become quite a literary icon. My first introduction to his work was through his graphic novel, “The Sandman,” which is a great read. The studios have been trying to turn it into a movie or a show for some time now. He’s also coming up with a show called “American Gods,” which is based off of a novel he has written. Other notable stories are “Stardust,” “Coraline,” and “The Graveyard Book.”

Neil is mostly known for science fiction and fantasy, and has written some wonderful stories. His work could inspire you. Here’s some writing tips from him as well.

Neil Gaiman

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.

Courtesy of “The Guardian

One thought on “Rules for Writing Fiction – Neil Gaiman

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s