A Writing Journey

Neil Gaiman’s 2012 Commencement Speech

One of the hardest things for any writer (or any other type of artist) is getting stuck. Whether it’s writer’s block or being unable to get just the right look for the image you’re drawing, or figuring out the pattern you are following for sewing or knitting or crocheting. Getting stuck makes me want to give up, just quit and never write again. But sometimes you just need a little bit of inspiration to keep going. I don’t mean inspiration as bam! an idea suddenly hits you. I mean encouragement, something to remind you that it isn’t always so bad, that most of the time you really enjoy what you are doing.

When I was struggling with my rewrite, I came across this speech by Neil Gaiman at a commencement ceremony. It inspired me to keep working at my novel, even though it wasn’t making me feel very good at the moment. And so I will pass it along to you, so that maybe you will be inspired as well. (In case you are confused – I know I was – click the title for this post and it will take you to the video.)

By this point in the week, I am usually pretty tired, which means I need more inspiration. So every Thursday I will find something short and hopefully inspiring to pass along.

Until tomorrow.

Take care, fellow travelers.

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