Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Neil Gaiman

This week I have decided to dedicate Writer’s Quote Wednesday to another author who’s book I am currently reading, Neil Gaiman.

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

― Neil Gaiman

Earlier this week I finished up reading “Doctor Sleep“, Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining“, and picked up “Anansi Boys“, Gaiman’s sequel to “American Gods“, which I read earlier this year.

I admit I am a bit (read:very) late in discovering Gaiman’s work. I had hear about him here and ther over the years but had never gotten around to reading him.  One day on a trip to Barnes and Noble I made a impulse puchase of “American Gods” and a couple of volumes of “The Sandman” series. I read it all in a few weeks and loved every bit of it!

After that I did a bit of research on the man. He’s written a ton of books and has won many awards. What was most surprising was the number of children’s books he’s written. I don’t know how many off the top of my head but Barnes and Noble had a whole little section in Children’s devoted to him.

It’s cute.

Anyway, I chose this quote because I have noticed that ever since I began writing I have been much happier. I know part of it is the act of digging something out of myself and sharing it with the world but I wonder if part of it isn’t just doing the hard work and accomplishing something difficult day after day.

Looking back I have had days that really sucked but when asked about it I remember feeling like “well I got that post up so that’s good”. Just seems like nothing can go wrong on a good writing day. Nothing can go wrong because when you are facing your fears and learning to say the things that need to be said, everything else feels petty in comparison.

To emphasize the point here is another quote from Gaiman:

“When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.”

― Neil Gaiman

Write everyday and everyday will be a good day :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

11 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Neil Gaiman”

  1. Great quote! I identify completely with what you say about feeling happier when writing. But, taking time to write means skipping something else. That is tough. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That is true BUT sometimes skipping things isn’t so bad as long as they are things that were not as important or fulfilling as writing. For example, I cut into the time I would normally spend watching TV or scrolling Facebook in order to write more. At first I didn’t like it but now I realize that I am happier this way. You just have to find the thing that doesn’t make you feel good and use the time you spend on that to write :)

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      1. I’m hoping to find a better balance in the new year, because I am happy when I’m churning out a post (less so, after it’s posted, but that is another story). Thanks for your thoughtful response.

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    1. Thank you :) and yes I am Zen and Pi. No big significance, I just love math and pi has always fascinated me. I chose Zen and Pi to represent the two sides of myself. One that is very emotional and sensitive and wants to learn to be happier and more positive, and one that is skeptical, rational, and hates all things ambiguous.

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