Neil Gaiman Quotes.
Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs, or is it some kind of bonus?
The short story is still like the novel’s wayward younger brother, we know that it’s not respectable – but I think that can also add to the glory of it.
Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.
The great thing about Batman and Superman, in truth, is that they are literally transcendent. They are better than most of the stories they are in.
As far as I’m concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
One thing that I get from a lot of people with ‘American Gods’ is people saying that they would love some kind of glossary with a list of all the Gods and who they are, so that they can look them up.
It’s a wonderful thing, as a writer, to be given parameters and walls and barriers.
When I was 7, my proudest possession would have been my bookshelf ’cause I had alphabetized all of the books on my bookshelf.
I started out writing much more science fictiony stuff and writing about science fiction.
The current total of countries in the world with First Amendments is one. You have guaranteed freedom of speech. Other countries don’t have that.
So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook, bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked to editors about ideas for stories. Pretty soon I found myself hired to do interviews and articles and went off and did them.
For me, the glory of my first 25 years as a writer was I could put things off as long as I wanted.
I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
I started writing when I was about 20, 21 maybe.
What I’d love to do is every now and then go, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got this amazing idea for ‘Doctor Who.’
When you’re starting off as a young writer, you look at all the stuff that’s gone before and the stuff that’s influenced you, and you reach the ladle of your imagination into this bubbling stew pot of all of this stuff, and you pour it out. And that’s where you start from.