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Author Study: Neil Gaiman

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Tim Lieb

on 18 April 2016

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Born in Hampshire, U.K.
Currently lives in Minneapolis.
Always loved libraries as a child.
Began his writing career in England as a journalist.
First successful series was "Sandman"
"Sandman" was the first comic ever to receive a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy Award for best short story.
Biographical Sketch
Classic authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, James Branch Cabell, and Edgar Allan Poe
Gaiman liked to take voices that alrady existed and parody them
Decided there was a minimal amount of comic books for older and matured audiences, so he decided to bridge this gap with his graphic novels.
Published Works
Make Good Art
The Graveyard Book
American Gods
Coraline
Stardust
Neverwhere
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Gold Fish
Sandman
Good Omens
Anansi Boys
Over 30 published books!
by: Tim Lieb
Author Study: Neil Gaiman
Influences
Author Writing Styles and Techniques
Contemporary Fantasy
-sub genre of fantasy set in the present day.
-stories are set in a putative real world in contemporary times and magical creatures are not commonly seen but leak in from alternate worlds.
-often concern or incorporate places dear to the author.
full of color, atmosphere and a sense of magic.
Why readers love Neil Gaiman.
His books are so different that they engage you from the first page by his specific style and tone of writing.
His books are creepy and edgy in a way that is unique from other authors
His books fill a gap in the different genres of the book world
Author Writing Styles and Techniques (continued)
"When I got three-quarters of the way through I called my agent. I told her how stupid I felt writing something no one would ever want to read, how thin the characters were, how pointless the plot."

Neil, like many other writers get to a point during their writing where they seem to "hit the wall" and want to throw in the towel. Understandably after you write as many books as you wonder how much farther your creativity can take you.

From his children's literature to his young adult graphic novels, Neil Gaiman has truly changed the world of reading by his creativity and passion for the imagination.
References
http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/

http://flavorwire.com/424609/neil-gaiman-on-the-writers-who-influenced-and-inspired-him

http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/About_Neil/Biography

http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v4_1/introduction.shtml

http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/neil-gaiman

https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/tips-masters/neil-gaiman-8-good-writing-practices

Neil Gaiman in the Classroom.
Neil Gaiman is very well-known for his way of encouraging writers to keep writing and finishing their thoughts to receiving an end product.
This can be useful in many classroom situations but I think that it would be best used in the High School.

8 Good Writing Practices Inherited by Neil Gaiman
Write.
Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
Finish what you're writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
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.
Remember: when people tell you somethings wrong or doesn't work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
Laugh at your own jokes.
The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, youre allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But its definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
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