Neil Gaiman on writing

By The Write Channel with Nicola Monaghan

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This is a slightly random Q&A with Neil Gaiman which explores his thoughts on ideas, writing, publishing and robots. With questions and answers from a number of different interviews, Neil Gaiman talks eloquently and entertainingly on a number of subjects.

He starts by tackling the question all writers hate; where do you get your ideas from? He jokes about this first but then explains why this is, and why this is such a difficult question for writers, before coming up with a very simple answer and making everyone laugh. He then answers couple of questions from slips of paper sent in by fans.

Do you believe in what you write or is it all complete fiction for you? Then a question about whether the fantasy genre might go out of fashion. He talks about publishing then, and how these things work, and answers very honestly about its fashions and trends.

He’s then asked whether robots might take over the world; possibly his most entertaining response 🙂 Finally, Neil talks about the power of ideas and freedom of speech in a moving speech in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France. Throughout the video, Gaiman is funny, frank and to the point. Don’t miss his writerly wisdom!

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