March 9, 2019
'I’m going to write something that’s unlike anything I’ve written before' – Neil Gaiman Discusses His Craft
Magic and singing nuns abounded at Neil Gaiman’s featured SXSW discussion yesterday.
The beloved author and showrunner was on hand in Austin yesterday to talk about his writing process, how he feels about adaptations and what it was like to write Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. The discussion was led by actor and writer Kirsten Vangsness, who is a friend of Gaiman’s and an unabashed fangirl of his work.
They began by talking about his process and how he always sets out to write something totally unique, but doesn’t always get the results he wants.
“I’m going to write something that’s unlike anything I’ve written before,” he said is his usual starting point. But then, when he looks at his completed work? “You can see exactly how it lines up with everything you’ve ever done.”
He accepts that his writing is generally going to feel like it comes from the same body and background.