Neil Gaiman’s Eight Good Writing Practices

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Neil Gaiman’s Eight Good Writing Practices

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…

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1 thought on “Neil Gaiman’s Eight Good Writing Practices

  1. Gwen Buchanan

    These writing pointers from Gaiman could work for almost anything that one wishes to improve in!
    …and after reading over your posts.. I have to conclude, You already are a Writer!


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