How is it possible to become a writer in the first place? To some, writing seems a most magical, mystical thing. One of the most magical of authors is Neil Gaiman, a writer with tremendous success in short fiction, film, comic books, graphic novels, theatre, radio and TV (if you’re a Dr Who fan, Neil’s standout episodes are ‘The Dr’s Wife’ and ‘Nightmare in Silver’). His latest book The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted book of the year in the National British Book Awards. Clearly, Neil Gaiman is a gifted writer.
So how does he do it? What motivated him to become one of the most beloved storytellers in the world?
In this short 5 minute video, Neil talks about the 3 books that made him realise books are written by someone else, look kind of fun to do, and are a way to create astounding worlds.
Here’s my take on this:
- You should never stop reading. Great writers write but they also never stop reading. Neil talks about the books that inspired him to become a writer when he was young. It’s never too late to start the journey and take inspiration from your own beloved books.
- Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. Read what you love and be inspired to write.
- Never give in to self doubt or you’ll never achieve anything.
Take Neil Gaimans advice. Think about the 3 books that have most inspired you. Why is that? What is it about those books that you love?
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