Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. I’ve read almost everything he’s written, including The Sandman comics, The View from the Cheap Seats, American Gods, Coraline, Smoke and Mirrors, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. He just speaks to me
I recently came across writing tips from his Master Class, which I have yet to take, but it’s definitely on my list. It’s definitely worth a share. Although these tips are designed for fiction writers, I believe that you can apply some of the tips for writing articles, blog posts, and other works of non-fiction.
- Use lies (stories) to communicate truths.
- Acknowledge your growth areas – identify your skill gaps.
- Start a compost heap (what will help you write future stories) – influences are everywhere.
- Reveal a little too much of yourself.
- Pay attention to the strangeness of humanity.
- Don’t tell readers how to feel – create emotion without dictating emotion.
- Get the bad stories out of your pen – write continuously.
- Stumble upon your voice – experiment with your writing.
- Create mutually exclusive desires – put characters at odds
- Give your characters funny hats – everyone should be uniquely defined.
- Ask yourself, “What is this story about?”
- Separate feedback from advice – feedback is about what you did poorly, advice tells you how to fix it.
- Do just enough research to write your stories.
Who are your favourite writers, and what have you learned from them? Let me know – email@example.com.