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Neil Gaiman is a writer who has crosses many different paths. He has influenced countless writers over the years. I am partial to his contributions to Doctor Who The Doctor's Wife. I recently read an Essay from his website and would like to share some of it with you.
You can read it in its entirety:
Neil Gaiman's work has been honoured with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards.
When asked to speak to his daughters class, who is seven, he had some great things to say that apply to every age.
"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. "
I don't know about you, but I tend to daydream when I'm bored. Now if I can write it down it would be half the battle.
All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new.
And when you've an idea - which is, after all, merely something to hold on to as you begin - what then? Well, then you write. You put one word after another until it's finished - whatever it is.
He makes it sound so easy, and I guess in a way it is. I have lots of zany ideas that are too crazy to put down, but if I start then maybe I could get somewhere no matter how improbable the idea is.
Where do I get my ideas from?
I make them up.
Out of my head.
Where do you get your ideas?