I sometimes find Neil Gaiman’s Journal difficult to read, not because he’s a bad writer, but because he answers many questions from fans in which I have no interest. I think it’s great that he is so forthcoming to his fans, I just have little use for the minutiae that other people adore. Also, most of the events and signings he attends are nowhere near me. However, it is gems like this that keep him in my daily reads.
It does help, to be a writer, to have the sort of crazed ego that doesn’t allow for failure. The best reaction to a rejection slip is a sort of wild-eyed madness, an evil grin, and sitting yourself in front of the keyboard muttering “Okay, you bastards. Try rejecting this!” and then writing something so unbelievably brilliant that all other writers will disembowel themselves with their pens upon reading it, because there’s nothing left to write.
Neil Gaiman’s Journal: On Writing