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8 Bits of Wisdom From Neil Gaiman on Being a Creator

This is a fantastic speech by Neil Gaiman, addressing the 2012 graduating class of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Gaiman himself never graduated from college—in fact, he never even enrolled in college—yet he earned his place in literary culture as one of the most celebrated and prolific writers working today. Here, he imparts several pieces of life wisdom on young people beginning a career in the arts.

  1. Say “no” to projects that take you further from rather than closer to your own creative goals, however flattering or lucrative.
  2. Approach your creative labor with joy, or else it becomes work.
  3. Embrace your fear of failure. Make peace with the impostor syndrome that comes with success. Don’t be afraid of being wrong.
  4. When things get tough, make good art.

Read the rest. [via Brain Pickings]

Also highly relevant for anyone interested in making a Kickstarter project.