Some Very Important Writing Tips From Neil Gaiman

Writing Advice From Neil Gaiman via Buzzfeed.

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

"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."

"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.

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

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

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

Wait, what?!

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

Excellent. Now, go forth and kill your heroes.


The Fantasy World of Roald Dahl to Life with ‘Revolting Rhymes’

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Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, the multiple award-winning Revolting Rhymes was directed by Oscar nominees Jakob Schuh (The Gruffalo) and Jan Lachauer (Room on the Broom), co-directed by Bin Han To and produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Chico and Rita).

The animation for the two-part holiday special was created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town. Revolting Rhymes interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright.

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Telling a Story from the Inside Out

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