Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s best known science fiction and fantasy writers, the author of short stories, graphic novels, films and novels, including The Sandman series, American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, Anansi Boys and The Graveyard Book.
His writing has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker, as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal and 2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature.
On his Twitter profile he declares, “I will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.”
He has 1,665,600 followers, and uses Twitter and his own blog neilgaiman.com to not only interact with fans, but sometimes explore writing ideas and get suggestions.
In the following interviews, he talks about being a writer, the kinds of ideas and thinking that impact his creative work, using social media, and the opportunities for others to write. In the video at the end, he gives the fundamental advice about becoming a writer: “Just write. Many writers hope elves will come in the night and finish your work for you. They won’t.”
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