Neil Gaiman: 8 Good Writing Practices

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Amber M.

Founder & Owner of: A Not So Jaded Life

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living and Writing Writer


Neil Gaiman has become so popular he is often considered the rock star of the literary world. He trades mostly in science fiction and fantasy in a variety of forms-novels, childrens books, graphic novels, comic books, and film. Among his trend-setting works: CoralineThe Graveyard Book and The Sandman series. He takes readers, of all ages, to the very edge of imagination.

8 Good Writing Practices

  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.
  5. Remember: when people tell you somethings 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 its 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.

Article Credits: Amber M.

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  1. benjaminsaccaggi 3 years ago

    Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and I loved hearing some of his wisdom in this post, thanks for a great read! I agree with his first point: just write, get the words on the page and the story will take its own form, but first you must be unafraid to start the ball rolling.

  2. TalkaholicMe 3 years ago

    Great points

  3. Idle Muser 3 years ago

    Every point hits the right angle.

  4. Dany Slone 2 years ago

    love this post and Neil Gaiman is great !! love his stuff, my favourite tip is 8 🙂

  5. Color Me In Memoirs 2 years ago

    Great post! Neil Gaiman makes the impossible task of writing a reality.

  6. spardha.k 2 years ago

    Great post

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  8. mthomasmark 2 years ago

    Good tips, for the most part. I’m not a huge Neil Gaiman fan, but I do respect his talent.
    The one tip which caught me was: Finish it and move on. Chasing perfection is indeed like chasing the horizon. You’ll never catch it and you’ll never publish your book.
    Thanks for adding these.

    TE Mark

  9. Aerosteel 2 years ago

    He is right. In many ways. Such a brilliant author and man, would love to meet him and talk some day.

  10. riverrockcomics 2 years ago

    #5, criticism and knowing what to take and what to leave is so difficult. I like this rule and I will use it!!

  11. Simply-Me 2 years ago

    Love the tips and he is right, just finish it and move to the next point.

    Thank you for sharing.

  12. Austin L. Wiggins 2 years ago

    I might not like Gaiman a whole lot but I always find his advice and tips on writing to resound within me the most

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  14. Zoe Bear 2 years ago

    Numbers 5 and 8 are my favorites. This is a good list worth keeping close for easy reference, and constant reminder.

  15. barmyaboutbooksblog 2 years ago

    A favorite author and great tips all round thank you for sharing

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