What a fantastic interview/conversation between two great writers. If you enjoy their books or enjoy thinking about writing, this article will delight.
I normally recommend getting to the end – even if you change your mind about something big, just keep writing your book with the new stuff in mind (and, if you want, any scenes you need to insert earlier) and then sort it all out in the next draft. If you stop and go back to the beginning, often you can get stuck in a loop. Whereas when you finish, and really look at what you’ve made, it’s easier to figure out what you have to do next.
This idea – just keeping going until you finish the draft – is the break through realization I had while working on my current book on Storybird.
I’ve done well with short stories and had yet to finish a novel. Now I’m 2 chapters from finishing my first draft of a book because I finally realized I should just write until it’s done.
I feel like I’m reading too much Gaiman lately, and then I see this and want.
Yay! Got my Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules for Writing framed! I have it where I can see it from my computer to keep me writing every day. ;)
I think I’ve linked these rules, in one form or another, 2 or 3 times now, but this image is too cool not to link them again.
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Such great advice, and beautifully rendered.
This is actually how I’m reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane – slow and steady, savoring every word. And enjoying the book a lot so far.