Writing Tips from Neil Gaiman

Put one word after another, says Neil Gaiman. Write. Find the right word, put it down.

Those are just a few choice selections from Gaiman’s Eight Rules of Writing, as featured on the Aerogramme Writers Studio.

Of course there are more nuanced insights as well. We at The Big Brain Club are particularly fond of number 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.

When it comes to advice on writing, Gaiman is a trustworthy source. He is the wildly successful author of works like American Gods, Coraline, and The Sandman. He has won just about every award that you’ve heard of — and probably several that you haven’t — and he was the first writer to win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals for the same work (2009’s The Graveyard Book.)

For more, you can check out his blog or follow him on Twitter.

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