In a previous post, I have discussed the writing advice that Neil Gaiman gives on a regular and extremely straightforward basis. I have to confess that I have only briefly read one of his works, but I have been absolutely smitten by his interviews. So when I heard that he was releasing a book (“The View from the Cheap Seats“) that contains a selected number of his speeches, lectures, and other non-fiction (which was two days before it was to be released), I went ahead and pre-ordered it. I am about 70-ish pages in and it is really a great read.
So far, he has been discussing a lot of his mentality when he wrote certain stories. In particular there is a great article he wrote for the release of “American Gods” in which he remembers something that the author, Gene Wolfe, told him:
“You never learn how to write a novel, you just learn how to write the novel that you’re writing.”
For someone, like myself, who has always understood that you learn the basics of a particular skill to the point of mastery and then you gain specialization by further practice of concepts within that skill…this completely melted my mind.
I have always felt that I lack the basic concepts and such of novel writing, but now I am starting to question the questioning of myself. And the idea makes complete sense to my brain. And it really helps me understand why certain stories seem to need to be told differently and that there is no strict one way to write a story. After a while, I would imagine, that the experience of having written a multitude of different stories would give an author a lot of different tools to make writing a story “easier” to write, especially if it is in the same series of books.
I wanted to share that with all of you, as it really got my brain into a much better place for writing and will definitely help me to focus a bit better on whichever story I am writing and have a better sense of how to practice my writing.
SEE YOU LATER!!!!!!!!!