Neil Gaiman

Hey, sorry I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days.  I went on a retreat with no wifi…anyways, here’s my post for today!

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done.  It’s that easy and that hard.”  I say this for all of the quotes, but this is so true!  You start thinking about starting a book, and the characters start to flow in, and the setting comes together like a painting.  You know exactly how the beginning is going to look, and what the character will be going through.  And once you start, it’s really easy to put one word after another.  It’s kind of like that song from the movie Santa Clause is Coming to Town: “just put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking across the floor.”  Walking and writing is the same concept, just different actions.  You have to continually keep moving forward, otherwise you’re going to get stuck writing something that you’re bored with.  This has happened to me, and the book just sits there and never gets done.  So when this happens, you go back and revise.  You start taking out words and scenes until you can start “walking” again.  You revise until you have enough room to start putting one word after another.  You keep doing this process until it’s done.  But once you finish, you have to go back and revise again.  Like I said, the story is never finished in a writer’s head, but you have to finish on paper.  So keep writing and writing until you are pleased with what you have.  And once you’ve finished, you close the door and move on, opening another.

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