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8 Good Writing Practices* By Neil Gaiman

Posted on: June 18, 2010

*8 Good Writing Practices* By Neil Gaiman.

Special thanks to  Judith Hans-Price for sharing the article with Iowa  SCBWI listserv. There are few better than Neil to use as a expert in the writing field.

*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 something’s 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 it’s 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.

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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