Sunday, November 5, 2017

My take aways from Neil Gaiman's speech Part 2

part 1 here

Most of the things here are the words of Neil Gaiman that I love to read over and over again. I only have a few comments lolz.
To continue:
"If you have an idea of what you want to make, what you were put here to do, then just go and do that… …Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it will be almost impossible to decide whether or not you are doing the correct thing, because you’ll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get.
Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be - an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics and supporting myself through my words - was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal.

And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain. I said no to editorial jobs on magazines, proper jobs that would have paid proper money because I knew that, attractive though they were, for me they would have been walking away from the mountain…"
I will use that technique from now on. I will imagine that what I want to be, is a distant mountain. Make it like my compass, to determine if the opportunities in front of me, is taking me towards the mountain or away from it.


When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thickskinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.
 This one I really have to learn and I guess writing on my blog and promoting these published blogposts, this is like a training for me, to learn to deal with failure or rejection that not every post or anything I write, not every bottle will come back to me. Not every post will be read by anyone, not everyone will like it, not everyone will care about the things I write.

However, in his speech, he mentioned the problem with success, that when you are successful, you will have to learn to say no, when the bottles you put out will all come back to you and you can't keep up with the demand for your attention. I haven't experienced that yet, but if I do, I hope I will remember his speech.

I hope you’ll make mistakes. If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something.
I really have a fear of making any kind of mistake, well maybe to the extent that I would be tarnishing the name of my parents. I don't want to do that, but I would love to face my fear and make some mistakes that I could live with, to really prove to myself that I'm out there doing something. One of these days, I would have to publish everything that I write lolz.

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