-Neil Gaiman, as quoted in a NPR article.
- “I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing, and a second time, a bit later on, when someone says your name for the last time.” –Banksy
- “If you’ve nothing to say, say it any way you like. Stylistic innovations, contorted story lines or none, exotic or genderless pronouns, internal inconsistencies, the recipe for preparing your lover as a cannibal banquet: feel free. If what you have to say is important and/or difficult to follow, use the simplest language possible. If the reader doesn’t get it then, let it not be your fault.” -Niven
- “Better an imperfect dome in Florence than a cathedral in the clouds” -Twyla Tharp
- “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become one. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” –Nietzsche
- “What is better—to be born good? Or to overcome your evil nature through great effort.” –Paarthurnax
“Do you believe in ghosts?
I believe in ghost stories, which is not quite the same thing.”
Neil Gaiman – From a conversation at the end of “The Graveyard Book”
“I’m a storyteller; that’s what I see as ‘my job.’ My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that’s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of ‘story pill’ — they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief news bringers. When I write the ‘folk music’ of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not.”–Mercedes Lackey
“…to write well it is entirely necessary to read widely and deeply…I would go so far as to say that, if one must make a choice between reading or taking part in a workshop, one should read.”
–Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook
“What strikes one era as innovative and exciting may strike a later generation as worn and dated. To make it new, a poet must be familiar with poetic forms of the past and present; you can know what remains to be written only if you already know what exists.”
–Writing Poems, Micheele Boisseau, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Robert Wallace