Neil Gaiman: For all the people who ask me for writing advice...

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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.

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 rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

For the rest of the article with tips from other authors: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one

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brain-food:

On June 26, 1956, author C.S. Lewis responded to a fan letter from Joan Lancaster, a young Chronicles of Narnia enthusiast.

In a personalized thank-you letter, the writer imparted some simple and valuable stylistic advice for budding prose writers. 

1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.

2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.

3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.”

4. In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, “Please will you do my job for me.”

5. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

You can read the rest of the letter @ Letters of Notes

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We are currently open for submissions to our first issue!

If you would like to submit your work, check the website or the Flickr Group.

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This is from April, it was my 365 from April 5th. It is me. I wanted to go to bed.
Today, I find, I am the exact opposite: I need to go to bed but I want nothing more than to stay up and write. I thirst for it. I am wholly inspired. I could use this inspiration for anything written but it would be sensible to use it to work on the-Writing-Project-which-is-actually-a-dissertation-but-they-call-it-a-writing-project-(I-think-it-makes-it-less-scary), which I will hence forth call: TWPWIAADBTCIAWP(ITIMILS). If I remember, which I won’t.
Using this sudden bout of inspiration and drive, which I have been lacking over the last few days even though I was writing the other day, would benefit the BA. But I should sleep. I really should. Really should. And I will. I’ve probably used up tonight’s inspiration with this post anyway. Hopefully I will retain some and be able to use it tomorrow. We shall keep our limbs crossed.
For those interested this is how I’ve been feeling, in my imaginary room where I have a hat stand and an owl that empathises:

What can I say? We all have our off days. I tend to doodle mine a little too much.

This is from April, it was my 365 from April 5th. It is me. I wanted to go to bed.

Today, I find, I am the exact opposite: I need to go to bed but I want nothing more than to stay up and write. I thirst for it. I am wholly inspired. I could use this inspiration for anything written but it would be sensible to use it to work on the-Writing-Project-which-is-actually-a-dissertation-but-they-call-it-a-writing-project-(I-think-it-makes-it-less-scary), which I will hence forth call: TWPWIAADBTCIAWP(ITIMILS). If I remember, which I won’t.

Using this sudden bout of inspiration and drive, which I have been lacking over the last few days even though I was writing the other day, would benefit the BA. But I should sleep. I really should. Really should. And I will. I’ve probably used up tonight’s inspiration with this post anyway. Hopefully I will retain some and be able to use it tomorrow. We shall keep our limbs crossed.

For those interested this is how I’ve been feeling, in my imaginary room where I have a hat stand and an owl that empathises:

What can I say? We all have our off days. I tend to doodle mine a little too much.

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I write things. That’s my other blog. I like to write to help me think about things and sometimes I like to write nonsense. This is the place where I write whatever the hell I feel like writing, it’s the stuff that I don’t write “seriously” (I put seriously like that because though it is sometimes serious, it’s not stuff that I would publish, I’m studying a degree in Creative Writing and English so… I write a lot and sometimes I need to write trash) and if you want to look, go ahead. I hope you like. But I hope you forgive me if it’s a little strange or depressing or if I don’t elaborate on things. It is what it is. I also have a doodle blog but I might intergrate that one with this tumblr and post random doodlings. I seem to have neglected that one for a long time.

I’m thinking a lot, expect a lot of entries. Perhaps.

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