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That Time Neil Gaiman Wrote Gollum/Smeagol Fan-Fiction

And All Was Right With the World

I think that all writing is useful for honing writing skills. I think you get better as a writer by writing, and whether that means that you’re writing a singularly deep and moving novel about the pain or pleasure of modern existence or you’re writing Smeagol-Gollum slash you’re still putting one damn word after another and learning as a writer.

(I just made [Smeagol-Gollum romance fiction] up. I imagine it would go something like: – Neal Gaiman, when asked whether fanfiction is useful for honing writing skills. Left, a picture of the author with Cthulhu on his head.

To read how it would go something like, click on.

I think that all writing is useful for honing writing skills. I think you get better as a writer by writing, and whether that means that you’re writing a singularly deep and moving novel about the pain or pleasure of modern existence or you’re writing Smeagol-Gollum slash you’re still putting one damn word after another and learning as a writer.

(I just made that up. I imagine it would go something like: “Oh, the preciouss, we takes it our handssses and we rubs it and touchess it, gollum….no, Smeagol musst not touch the preciousss, the master said only he can touch the precioussss…. bad masster, he doess not know the precious like we does, no, gollum, and we wants it, we wants it hard in our handses, yesss…” etc etc)

To see a collection of more of Gaiman’s thoughts on fan fiction, go no further than here.

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