Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules for Writing

Breathing Fiction

Neil Gaiman is without a doubt one of the most imaginative writers on the market today, so when he comes out with writing rules, you want to do exactly as he says.  I love that his suggestions are not really “secrets”, but rather no-nonsense approaches to writing, with the first rule being to sit down and do it.

Check out all of Neil Gaiman’s Eight Rules for Writing below, then tell us your favorite one:

Neil Gaiman 8 Rules for Writing

And to make it easy, the rules in text format:

  1. Write
  2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
  3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
  4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
  5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or…

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Infographic: John August’s 11-Step Guide to Writing a Scene

A screenplay is made up of a lot of different pieces: acts, sequences, scenes, etc. Think of them as multi-sized blocks that you must stack, tear down, rearrange, and throw away until what you have before you looks something like a story. But before you can enjoy the tedious task of formation, you have to create these pieces, or blocks, from scratch. To help with this, screenwriter and frequent Tim Burton collaborator, John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride), whose blog you should be reading religiously, released a handy infographic/PDF of his popular post “How to Write a Scene” that gives screenwriters an easy checklist of 11 bullet points that helps guide them through the process.

Source: Infographic: John August’s 11-Step Guide to Writing a Scene

All About Literary Magazines: Reading, Submitting, Publishing Your Own

Musings and Marvels

Literary magazines are wonderful. They often publish new and established writers, are increasingly become more mobile, and for the motivated, are fairly easy to publish.

For readers, there are a number of great literary journals out there. Some examples include Glimmer Train, Narrative, and Strand Mag. (Also magazines that take submissions, for writers looking to get published.) There is also Literary Hub, a site which, according to the Washington Post, “attempts to bring together everything literary on the Internet.”

For writers, there are some comprehensive databases with links to literary magazines, submission guidelines, and what they pay (if anything):

Lastly, for anyone thinking about starting their own literary magazine, here are some hopefully useful tools:

  • NewPages (to help you find MFA programs where you can reach out to directors and ask to spread the word about your new magazine, as…

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