For the past few weeks I’ve been reading one piece every day from Neil Gaiman’s non-fiction anthology, The View From the Cheap Seats. I bought it last year but have not been able to finish it due to this or that (however, I’m also enjoying reading it this way because Gaiman’s humor and insights provide for a fresh perspective about writing and creativity and life in general). But I’ve almost completed more than half of it and I’ll be writing a review by the end of this month (once exams and practicals finish next week). Meanwhile, here are some of the quotes by him that I’ve collected in my Commonplace Book, featuring some great pictures of him I found online:
The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.
The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
There’s nothing wrong with failure. Often it’s the first stop on the way to your eventual destination.
…What’s important is not to become the wound, not to spend your life and your time and your attention on the hurt and the heartbreak. Take it and make art with it, instead, or use it to push yourself forward, into things, not away from them.
Being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared. Being brave means you are scared, really scared, badly scared, and you do the right thing anyway.
Most of the things I’ve got right over the years, I got right because I’d got them wrong first.
I don’t think there’s a rule, other than this:
If you don’t like it, don’t do it.
If you don’t like something that other authors or storytellers do, if you feel it is cheap or not needed or wrong, then when you write stories, try as hard as you can not to do that. Do other things instead.
I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.
Say what you have to say. Inspire. Remember that change always starts with ideas.