Writer vs. Page

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” Neil Gaiman

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Tell the stories you would like to read

“Write the ideas down. If they are going to be stories, try and tell the stories you would like to read. Finish the things you start to write. Do it a lot and you will be a writer.” Neil Gaiman

For more, check out this article.

I Didn’t Write This

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite literary adaptations on YouTube. It’s a series called “I Didn’t Write This” which takes different selections from poetry and prose and films dramatic vignettes.

Every time I watch one I am struck once again with how these videos explore the themes of the works so artistically and beautifully. They help me to approach old favorites with new eyes and discover brilliant pieces for the first time.

There are also cool YA pieces! (John Green, anyone?)

(There is an F-bomb in this one, if you care about those things)

I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do!

Taking risks

Do the stuff that only you can do.

The urge, starting out, is to copy. And that’s not a bad thing. Most of us only find our own voices after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people. But the one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.

The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.

The things I’ve done that worked the best were the things I was the least certain about, the stories where I was sure they would either work, or more likely be the kinds of embarrassing failures people would gather together and talk about until the end of time. They always had that in common: looking back at them, people explain why they were inevitable successes. While I was doing them, I had no idea.

I still don’t. And where would be the fun in making something you knew was going to work?

~Neil Gaiman