Neil Gaiman Reveals an Easier Way to Write

I have been a fan of renowned and beloved fantasy author Neil Gaiman’s writing, including favorite books The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Graveyard Book, for several years. I haven’t yet read all of his published works, because I hate the thought of not having something else of his waiting for me. I don’t ever want to catch up.

Recently on his Tumblr page Gaiman posted some of the best writing advice I’ve ever read:

joseph-the-mop asked: “I have been trying to write for a while now. I have all these amazing ideas, but its really hard getting my thoughts onto paper. Thus, my ideas never really come to fruition. Do you have any advice?”

Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer. The only way to do it is to do it.

I’m just kidding. There are much easier ways of doing it. For example: On the top of a distant mountain there grows a tree with silver leaves. Once every year, at dawn on April 30th, this tree blossoms, with five flowers, and over the next hour each blossom becomes a berry, first a green berry, then black, then golden. . . .

Click here for the entire Tumblr post. It’s one for the ages.


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