Friday, May 25, 2012

Make Good Art

Neil Gaiman, the well-known and oft-quoted (because he says so many wise things in witty ways) scifi/fantasy/horror author, was the speaker to the 2012 class at the University of the Arts. As he noted in his speech, he never attending any form of higher education. But his speech is erudite, profound, captivating, inspiring, motivating - and in places quite funny. Every writer and aspiring writer needs to listen to this, all twenty minutes of it.

His key points:
~ Make mistakes.
~ Break rules.
~ Make the world more interesting for your being here.

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” ~ Neil Gaiman

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” 
      ~ Neil Gaiman

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.”        ~ Neil Gaiman

“When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.” 
      ~ Neil Gaiman

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