Word by Word

Practical insights for writers

Neil Gaiman on stories

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Jan• 13•19

Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas–abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken–and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted the people who told them, and some have outlasted the lands in which they were created.

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