I’m going to tell you precisely why I love Neil Gaiman’s work, and I’ll do it by breaking down one of my favorite short stories.
The reason we feel the need to hold baby creations up to some 30-year pro’s for comparison is because our culture teaches us to judge all art according to salability – but salability is not the point of art.
So I wrote today for the first time since my dad died. It was not, shall we say, a *good* experience.
This month is not about producing something publishable. It’s about teaching yourself to just keep writing, to ignore the inner editor, and to let yourself just spill words onto the page.
Here’s a lie I’ll bet you’ve been told: “You have to figure out what you want to do before it’s too late.”
Fellow writer, this will not feel good to read, but it is VERY IMPORTANT.
This week, let’s make ourselves a pact. I’ll stop comparing myself to other writers – and so will you.
For those of us who need to write, there’s good news: you can still be a writer even if you can’t write every day.
Hey, you. Yes, you.
Your location affects your other characters and plot every bit as much as your protagonist, antagonist, awesome sidekicks, eponymous heroes, or sarcastic love-interests.