Writing

15 Neil Gaiman Quotes on Writing

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 2, 2021 • 4 min read

“I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his art. As one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres, from fairy tales to fantasy, and styles, from children’s books to comic books and short stories to novels, while reaching audiences of all ages and winning awards of all kinds.

His novel The Graveyard Book is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals, and two of Neil’s other bestselling novels, American Gods and Coraline, won Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus Awards. In graphic novels, Neil’s groundbreaking work The Sandman, which was awarded nine Eisner Awards, was the first comic book to receive literary recognition when given the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Neil has spent his life honing the craft of writing—here are some writing quotes from him, all straight from his MasterClass.