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Here Are Some Very Important Writing Tips From Neil Gaiman

He stopped by and gave us some writerly advice.

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You're writing. Good for you!

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LOOK AT YOU GO.

But sometimes, as you're writing, you hit a wall.

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Or the ground after you attempt to catapult yourself off of the wall.

Or you have a great idea, but no clue how to start.

On the bright side, your room usually gets really clean at this stage.
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On the bright side, your room usually gets really clean at this stage.

But worry not! Neil Gaiman came in and we asked him for writerly advice.

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He would know, right? He's written, like, 30 books. And some movies. And several TV episodes. And one incredibly beloved and long-running comic series.

So: your protagonist and antagonist need to meet. How should it happen?

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"It's really fun to have characters who want things that are completely opposed, and for you as a reader to want them both to happen in some way."

You can also have your protagonist fall for it — literally.

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Try the classic: two nemeses walk into a bar...

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Or make them star-crossed. Really, really star-crossed.

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But what happens if my protagonist is straight-up about to die and they can't yet, because I need them?

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Wait, what?!

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Okay, that's fair. But Neil, what if I REALLY don't want to murder my protagonist?

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Excellent. Now, go forth and kill your heroes.

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