‘When people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.’ ( Neil Gaimen )
I found this quote in the guardians article ten rules for writing fiction. In it several well known authors listed their personal do’s and don’ts for writing in a few paragraphs. There are some gems of wisdom for any artist. Philip Pullman simply says.
‘My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work.’
Which is kind of a cheeky way of saying don’t get distracted. For him it’s about rhythm. He writes 3 pages a day, no more, no less, and keeps going until it’s done. As an animator I appreciate this point of view.