16 Neil Gaiman Quotes on Life and Writing


Writing is not easy. Writing is for those who write well. I do not write well.

Familiar thoughts? Maybe you are an aspiring writer trying to figure out your craft. Maybe you are trying to make sense of what kind of writer you are. Maybe you are doubting if you are a writer at all. Heck, you do not even have to be a writer to make sense of those thoughts. Just substitute writing for whatever is you are doing: actors, singers, puppeteers, beer brewers; everyone and anyone involved in succeeding in some kind of endeavor or the other is questioning his ability to match up to the pros.

Well, it is perfectly normal. All you need is a boost. A quoty boost from a man like Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman is one of our greatest contemporary storytellers. He is the author of numerous short stories, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. His most recognizable works include the comic book series The Sandman, novels Stardust, Coraline (both made into films), and American Gods. His works have won the highest honours in the fantasy/scifi genre: The Hugo, Nebula, and the Bram Stoker awards. He is also the first author to be awarded both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book.

Neil Gaiman is widely known not only for his writing. He is also a man of thoughts; thoughts he constantly shares with his fellow people. He has an active Tumblr account in which he answers questions by his fans, A Twitter account in which he writes his 140-word mind rumbles, and many more instances of online and offline presence. Consequently, he is credited with a bunch of inspiring and wonderful quotes on life and writing. Quotes that will speak directly to that inner artist you are hiding. Quotes that might spark that little kindle you hide in your heart.

Here are 16 of the most inspiring quotes from Neil Gaiman:

1. Don’t Stop Dreaming

“Why stop dreaming when you wake up?”

Why stop dreaming when you wake up?

Why stop dreaming when you wake up?

 

2. Notice your Ideas

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it.

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.

 

3. Fill the New Year with Magic

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope. somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope. somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope. somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

 

4. Checklist

“Write. Finish things. Go for walks. Read a lot and outside your comfort zone. Stay interested. Daydream. Write.”

"Write. Finish things. Go for walks. Read a lot and outside your comfort zone. Stay interested. Daydream. Write."

Write. Finish things. Go for walks. Read a lot and outside your comfort zone. Stay interested. Daydream. Write.

 

5. A Good Writing Day

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

Neil Gaiman

Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.

 

6. Trust yourself

“Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.”

Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.

Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.

 

7. I want to be an author when I grow up. Am I insane?

“Yes. Growing up is highly overated. Just be an author.”

Yes. Growing up is highly overated. Just be an author.

Yes. Growing up is highly overated. Just be an author.

 

8. Sometimes When you Fall, You Fly

“Sometime you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”

Sometime you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.

Sometime you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.

 

9. Fairytales are True

“Fairytales are more than true: Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

Fairytales are more than true: Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Fairytales are more than true: Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

 

10. You are Unique

“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.”

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.

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.

 

11. Find Your Inner Voice

“Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.”

Most of us find our own voices only after we've sounded like a lot of other people.

Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.

 

12. Just Do It

“Make good art.”

Neil Gaiman

“Make Good Art”

 

13. Being a Writer

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: It's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.

Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.

 

14. What is Hell?

“I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.”

I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.

I think hell is something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go.

 

15. Live Your Life to the Fullest

“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure. Leave no path untaken.”

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure. Leave no path untaken.

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure. Leave no path untaken.

 

16. There Are No Elves Coming to Your Rescue

“Just write. Many writers have a vague hope that elves will come in the night and finish any stories for you. They won’t.”

Just write. Many writers have a vague hope that elves will come in the night and finish any stories for you. They won't.

Just write. Many writers have a vague hope that elves will come in the night and finish any stories for you. They won’t.

 

 



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