Neil Gaiman’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@neilhimself)

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He’s an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films.

He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards.

He’s the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book.

He’s Neil Gaiman and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

1. Make good art
When he was 19–20 years old, he contacted his favorite science fiction writer, R. A. Lafferty, and asked for advice on becoming an author.

2. Do what you care about
In the early 1980s, he pursued journalism, conducting interviews and writing book reviews.

3. Do new things
His first professional short story publication was „Featherquest“, a fantasy story, in Imagine Magazine in May 1984.

4. Ignore the rules
In 1984, he wrote his first book, a biography of the band Duran Duran.

5. You are unique
He has said he ended his journalism career in 1987 because British newspapers regularly publish untruths as fact.

6. Just do it!
After forming a friendship with comic-book writer Alan Moore, he started writing comic-books.

7. Walk towards the mountain
His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

8. Persevere
In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards.

9. Try more
He frequently performs public readings from his stories and poetry.

10. Enjoy the ride
Several of Gaiman’s original works have been optioned or greenlighted for film adaptation, most notably Stardust.


39 Kommentare

  1. Wojtysław L sagt:

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  2. Evan Carmichael sagt:

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  3. Josh Bourke sagt:


  4. #10 „Enjoy the ride“…not just advice for success, but advice for a fulfilling life.

  5. Jeff McArthur sagt:

    I love Neil Gaiman and the spirit of what he’s saying. However, I am a little frustrated when someone who’s now successful says „don’t worry about what’s marketable and don’t care about the rules“ as if it’s no big deal. The gatekeepers of the publishing industry are extremely cynical, and they will outright mock you for being a dreamer. You can’t even get an agent anymore unless your book is ready to be optioned into a movie, and the editors are often being coached by movie executives as to what’s acceptable and what is not. These are the reasons I publish independently, but I pay the penalty in that almost no one sees my work. I have accepted that because I love the stories I tell, but I wouldn’t go in front of a group and say „just do what you believe and it will come true.“ Unfortunately, one typically has to choose between the cynical life of following trends to be successful, or do what you believe in to not be. There are a very, VERY few exceptions, I realize, (mostly older people when the publishing industry wasn’t controlled by the film industry,) but most of the time it will be one or the other.

  6. Evan Carmichael sagt:

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  8. Bret Sheeley sagt:

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  9. Papa Slap sagt:

    I want to stand up and applaud right now, but I don’t think he would hear it…

  10. Evan Carmichael sagt:

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  11. blindsay21 sagt:

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  26. Ramzy Hamdy sagt:

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  31. Art Is Pain sagt:

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  33. Evan Carmichael sagt:

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  34. It think the question at the end where do writers get their ideas from is more critical then when think and could be phrased as where do ideas come from. The answer itself could lead into other dimensions and the hold the meaning of life itself. It’s a very interesting question when you think about it. „Where do ideas come from.“

  35. Evan Carmichael sagt:

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  36. Dylan Sullivan sagt:

    I just discovered this guy he is a true inspiration. I am trying to become a author and I am starting to make some videos to build my confidence and stay positive. Check out my videos if you want to give some constructive feedback. Happy New year!

  37. Evan Carmichael sagt:

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  38. #SecretsSelfmadeBillionaires by Paul Chan sagt:

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