Friday, September 16, 2011

Quotes and Cookies: As it needs to be

"Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I'm not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter."

~Neil Gaiman

To all my fellow rule-following-inclined friends, did you hear that? Neil THE MAN Gaiman himself said that there are only three rules that matter. Write a story honestly, the best you can, and how it needs to be written.

To everyone who likes to break the rules: Neil THE MAN Gaiman gives you permission.

I think that deserves a cookie, don't you?

Happy Friday!


Unknown said...

For the record I only come for the cookies. Okay that made me sound like a greedy person! But what is there not to love about a blog about writing and cookies all in one place?

Take care girl!

Cynthia said...

What is it about the cookies? I know, I love them too! :-)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Rene and Cynthia-- Writing and cookies should ALWAYS go together! Cookies make you a better writer. :)

Abby Fowers said...

Awesome quote! I love it. And those cookies look divine!

Maeve Frazier said...

Peggy - I agree! Writing and cookies should always go together. Love the quote, too!

Faith E. Hough said...

I've heard that quote before--now I keep it on my computer to look at every now and then...because if Neil Gaiman says so, it must be so! (He is definitely one of my very favorite modern authors...)
And the cookies look delicious...similar half-moon cookies play a large role in a book I'm working on!

Patti said...

I came over from Chantele's blog and I love that Neil Gaiman said that. I think everyone should try to write outside the box. Those cookies look amazing.

Emily R. King said...

These are chocolate dipped shortbread, right? I make them every Christmas, only mine are old school Canadian, meaning there's a piece of maraschino cherry in the center. They taste as good as they looks!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Neil Gaiman is one of the most talented writers alive. He's someone I would quake in my shoes to meet. His advice is awesome.

Leigh Ann said...

Aaaaaand that's why I love Neil Gaiman.

Also: How did you know black-and-whites are my favorite?

have a great weekend. <3

Liz Reinhardt said...

Gaiman is the man! Cookie toasts all around!

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

This is an excellent quote. Thank you for sharing.

Carrie Butler said...


*Ahem* Thanks for the cookie! ;) Have a great weekend, Peggy!

BECKY said...

Hi Peggy! I just became a follower, which I would've sworn I'd already done weeks ago! And your post today is something I really needed to read. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful weekend!

Lan said...

I wish I could set The Rules on fire and dance all over the ashes. Sometimes I get so bogged down trying to do everything perfectly and systematically that I lose sight of what I'm really writing for. This quote is a great reminder. It helps that there's cookies :)

The Writing Well said...

I love visiting for the insight... Aaaaaand C is for cookie that's good enough for me, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C. I gave you an award on my blog today. Would you come and accept?

David P. King said...

Hear, hear! I wouldn't really call the rules "rules" anyway. It's more of a guideline (who follows those, right?). :)

*now I've got a hanker'n for cookies*

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for the cookie! Yum yum!

Have a great weekend.

Rachel Bean said...

Oh yeah, that one definitely deserves a cookie. If only we got a cookie for every time we broke the rules.... ;)

Anway, so I've given you a blog award!! Stop on by to pick it up :)

Jolene Perry said...

My mouth is WATERING.

Also, what that says to ME is that I need to write the story like I would write the story, not anyone else. When I finish a book I totally loved, I find myself trying to emulate what the author did, but I'm not that author and have to write a "jolene" book, not a "john green" book,lol.

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

It is not fair to post a photo of cookies like this for us to drool over. Just sayin'.

The Write Soil

Weaver said...

Great advice. Now tell the agents to take it.

Those cookies look to die for!

E.D. said...

Love the quote.

Now, if you could just find a way to distribute those cookies over the net...

Katie Gates said...

I agree with those simple rules. Just ride the ride and let the story unfold! (Break only for cookies.)

Trisha said...

O dude, those cookies look yummy! And if GAIMAN said it, it's gotta be true! I like it when things like that are true! hehe

Peggy Eddleman said...

Abby-- Me, too. :)

Maeve-- I swear cookies make you more productive. They're a must!

Faith-- Cookies play a huge role in your WIP? Why did I never think of that before? Seriously awesome. :)

Patti-- I'm glad you came over. Welcome! I think you're right- we SHOULD try to write outside the box.

E.R.-- Yours sound SO GOOD.

Michael-- Me, too, with the quaking. That'd be the best!

Leigh Ann-- Awesome! They're really your favorite? Oh... I mean... Yes, I knew that. It's totally why I chose them today. :) I hope you had a fabulous weekend!

Elizabeth-- *clinks cookies* Cheers!

Lynn(e)-- I think so, too. You're welcome!

Carrie-- Hahaha! You're welcome. I hope your weekend was great!

Becky-- I'd swear you were, too. I remember seeing your face smiling at me from over there. I think Blogger was just messing with us. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too!

Lan-- Haha! I laughed out loud at your comment. It IS easy to get bogged down. And you're right- cookies always help. :)

The Writing Well-- Awww! Thanks for the award! That's SO SWEET. I'm accepting on my blog today. (And thanks for the cookie song, too.)

David-- Definitely, "guidelines." I like that wording MUCH better. I sleep better at night knowing I'm only bending guidelines instead of breaking rules. :)

Talli-- You're welcome! I hope your weekend was fantastic!

Rachel-- Ha! We totally should! And thanks for the blog award. It's very cool. I'm accepting it on my blog today!

Jolene-- Very well said.

Dawn-- I know it's not fair. But I'm going to keep doing it anyway. :)

E.D.-- That would be the BEST, wouldn't it?

Katie-- Not only is your advice great, it made me laugh!

Trisha-- It's totally gotta be true. :)

BECKY said...

Okay..Blogger is definitely messing with me. I didn't see my photo as one of your newest followers, so I looked all the way through, and yep..there I am about halfway in the middle. Whas'up with that? Have a wonderful, blissful week, Peggy!!