Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling

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尼尔·盖曼是近十几年来欧美文坛崛起的最耀眼的明星。其创作领域横跨科幻小说、恐怖小说、儿童小说、漫画以及歌词。他的作品不但部部畅销,更获奖无数,他的奇幻佳作《美国众神》为他包揽了科幻界最有名的双奖——雨果奖和星云奖。恐怖小说大师斯蒂芬·金称赞他是一个“装满了故事的宝库”。来听听他是如何创作的吧。

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Let me give you some advice.

The process of doing your second draft, is a process of making it look like you knew what you were doing all along.

Writing a novel is like driving through the fog, with one headlight out.

You can't see very far ahead of yourself.

But every now and again, the mists will clear.

In my class, I'm going to tell you what stories are.

I'm going to give you some tips.

I'm going to give you some exercises, and most of all, I'm going to give you a little push forward that you might not have had.

Here we go.

I'll go through the whole thing, because it's fairly short, and it does a whole bunch of stuff with character.

And then I'll tell you what I did.

I have writer's block.

I cannot write.

Sounds like something that you can do nothing about.

That, of course, isn't true.

Why don't I take you through the process of plotting a comic?

Sandman 19.

I can give you how I do it and how I did it.

You do it like this, your thumbnails will only be seen by you.

You definitely don't have to show them to an artist who can actually draw.

Worldbuilding is honestly the joy of getting to play God.

Every little detail that you can smuggle with you into your fiction, makes your world more real for your reader.

And you know, of course, that they're just smudges in the background.

But that's OK, because it was informed, by you and an imagination.

Human beings are storytelling creatures.

Stories are vital.

We convey truth with stories.

That is the magic of fiction.

You need that conviction that you are brilliant.

This is the greatest idea that anybody's ever had.

And that by writing it, you will set the world on fire.

I'm Neil Gaiman, and this is my MasterClass.