Advice from the Masters: Neil Gaiman II

Jan 14, 2015 | Better Writing

I’ve had Neil Gaiman here before. Last time I shared his observation about how people get ideas. This time I’m sharing his thoughts on how writing works, sometimes. If you’re written seriously for a while, what he says will be familiar.

“Writing’s a lot like cooking. Sometimes the cake won’t rise, no matter what you do, and every now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could have dreamed it would.”

This happens to all of us, so remember this. You’re never as bad as your bad days would indicate. And you’re never as good as your best days, either.

Steve Martin came at this same phenomenon from a different angle.

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