Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling | Official Trailer | MasterClass


Let me give you some advice. [MUSIC PLAYING] The process of doing
your second draft is a process of making
it look like you knew what you were doing all along. Writing a novel is like
driving through the fog with one headlight out. You can’t see very
far ahead of yourself. But every now and again,
the mists will clear. In my class, I’m going to
tell you what stories are. I’m going to give you some tips. I’m going to give you some
exercises, and most of all, I’m going to give you a little
push forward that you might not have had. Here we go. I’ll go through the whole thing,
because it’s fairly short, and it does a whole bunch
of stuff with character. And then I’ll tell
you what I did. I have writer’s block. I cannot write. Sounds like something that
you can do nothing about. That, of course, isn’t true. Why don’t I take you through
the process of plotting a comic? Sandman 19. I can give you how I
do it and how I did it. You do it like this,
your thumbnails will only be seen by you. You definitely don’t
have to show them to an artist who
can actually draw. Worldbuilding is honestly the
joy of getting to play God. Every little detail that
you can smuggle with you into your fiction
makes your world more real for your reader. And you know, of course, that they’re
just smudges in the background. But that’s OK, because
it was informed by you and an imagination. Human beings are
storytelling creatures. Stories are vital. We convey truth with stories. That is the magic of fiction. You need that conviction
that you are brilliant. This is the greatest idea
that anybody’s ever had. And that by writing it, you
will set the world on fire. I’m Neil Gaiman, and
this is my MasterClass.

100 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling | Official Trailer | MasterClass

  1. Hi Neil

    When I have enough money to travel and do my own animations.

    I plan to go to a restaurant and take some pictures with a JOJO POSE with my best artists in history: Hideo Kojima, Junji Ito and, of course, your Neil Gaiman.

    What do you say?

    I'm just saying it so you know;)

  2. Once upon a time, we had Ben Affleck, an awesome Frank Miller's Dark Knight. Then corporate tuxedo media stepped in, and ruined our DCEU, by kicking Affleck down their slimy Wall Street gutter. Oh the Irony. ☕

  3. These look like fantastic value. I enrolled on a course by a well-known writer – and it wasn't video. Audio only and some workbooks. Hundreds of pounds. I'm not decrying it. It's a very good course, but I think a single masterclass here is less than £100. They look excellent.

  4. I have a tip for anyone that the about section didn't mention!
    If you use Neil Gaiman's voice as the 3rd person narration of your writing project, your work comes out even better!

  5. When you pay the 200+ for the year. Is that just for the certain class? Or will you have access to any master class you want after paying that ?

  6. Hello, you are a great man. I will watch your videos. But . Excuse me . Can you translate videos into Arabic? Because I am from Egypt. I studied English but I can not speak English. Because there are some words I do not understand

  7. I can deal with rejection,, I thrive on rejection, rejection is a songwriters greatest Inspiration!!!!! So now I feel I must inspire you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. This made me cry it's everything I need to hear to start taking writing seriously and goddamn I don't consider many classes worth it these days but I'm definitely going to put money into this one

  9. Write a lot. If you have any real talent, it will emerge. I believe it's that simple. No master class needed. Just persistence.

  10. If someone does not want to pay, Brandon Sanderson already offers a free writing class on the Camera Panda youtube channel, and it's amazing, especially for Fantasy

  11. lol with the music in this, I feel like this is an invitation to Hogwarts with wizard Neil Gaiman as our professor..writing is magic!

  12. hey Neil….this is Vinay on the other side ….i'm not writing it to praise u or to do crazy comments on this video….but this look of yours in this video is inspiring …hehe….moving on……I too write some little stuff but ofcourse i'm not as good as you are …mmmm for my satisfaction ….i write !….btw ….about that look …..i do sketches and may be i'll be making yours next!….but seriously telling i like the way you speak …molding all the words and presenting them in a very presentable way…u'r awesome!….btw sorry for the spelling mistakes…hehe…

  13. Me encantaria tomarla, pero en mi pais, su precio convertido en mi Moneda es Demasiado alto, y tengo cosas mas urgentes que pagar

  14. I have the money, but I am a native spanish and maybe my english level it is too low for this masterclass, but i am a huge fan of this man!!!
    I am also an storyteller, but in spanish language…
    What should I do? T____T
    May I will be wasting my money because of the language limitations?
    I am so afraid of it…

  15. You allow me to sit and learn at the methaphorical feet of a legendary grandmaster, the coauthor of Good Omens and great friend of Master Terry Pratchett.
    I love you 😗

  16. Hi. Does anybody else hate it when he starts the commercial with this sentence: "You are always going to be REJECTED." or it's only me? It drives me nut to hear such a heavy load of negativity at the beginning of an ad I cannot stop playing. Finger ready on M, to mute it if his face showed up
    😐

  17. Hey MC do you sell just the workbooks? I'm not really interested in the videos but the workbook sounds interesting.

  18. Neil Gaiman First Rule: if you see yourself standing under the shadow of Alan Moore, RUN! And don't stop because Alan Moore is a freaking scary colossus so he basically cast a shadow like a mountain.

  19. This honestly sounds like a life coaching course more than a writing course and I am totally on board with this.

  20. This was in my recommendations and I right away recognized his name because I read his novel, Neverwhere.

    I respect this man!

  21. "World building is the joy of getting to play God"
    "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense."
    "Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic."
    These quotes show us the magic of stories and the appeal of writing your own world

  22. Neil gaiman should just do a podcast where he talks a bunch of nonsense just so that we can listen to his voice.

  23. I have an issue….. And something a successful, borderline diety-status author, should know…… The use of the word "Give", doesn't denote an attached monetary value. (£170/year..,,, £85 for his single class). Come on Neil, we love some of the stuff you do, but do you really need the money? Okay, the Joker said, if your good at something, never do it for free, but he's a fictional psychopath! Isn't our world profit-driven enough?

  24. I don't like this guy. I like The Sandman, but from reading that and American Gods, he comes off as obsessed with boobs and girls. It's annoying. He needs to involuntarily experience some penis

  25. Joke, convey truth with fictional stories……

    Half truths.

    Let the worlds burn, our Earth is not a world anyhow

  26. These master classes are everything that is wrong with society. Their success has nothing to do with their hard work or talent – there are millions of fantastic writers who will never be successful due to sheer competition, and yet these instructors never even mention the word luck! Disgraceful.

  27. MasterClass is full of deluded lucky celebrities who think that their talent and hard work is what led to their success. There are many people better at their field than them but who were not fortunate enough to win the lottery in the competitive arts.

  28. Thank you for your deep insights: I for one am old school. I'm anti. LGBTQ which puts me in a strange 21st century attack on freedom of speech. I almost died in 1990 and had to ask the Doctor. Can you guarantee this blood isn't tainted with HIV? The answer was no. Life or death. I'm healthy today but have a deep and personal dislike for those with such a cavalier life style.

  29. I LOVE NEIL GAIMAN!!! He is the reason I became a writer! <3
    “World building is honestly the joy of getting to play god… Every little detail that you can smuggle with you into your fiction, makes it more real for your reader.”
    He is such and inspiration to me!

  30. These masterclasses are full of deluded celebrities who attribute little or nothing to luck. There are countless talented, hard working artists in the world who will never be successful because they never got a break, and they don't need to hear about how to write a second draft! Step one: Have an insane amount of luck. That is more important than talent or hard work on this awful planet.

  31. Hello, I'm looking for one who actually took Masterclass courses, especially related to writing. Is it really worth it?

  32. Incredible class, so far, and would definitely recommend. Any authors in this comments section, I want to give back to you guys and see how I could make your lives easier, like the program made mine. I just have two simple questions:

    1.) What are the two biggest problems you're currently dealing with, as an author?
    2.) What is your biggest wish, regarding your career?

    Let me know, and I look forward to talking with you 🙂

  33. Just a passerby commenting.

    I like how MasterClass ads are so interesting that you won't be able to skip it. Even as trailers, you can already learn some of the author's advices and when it's done, you'll want more.

  34. I've already written my first book just using online learning. Never have done Masterclass, but now that I have an entire 8th draft book and now going onto my second in the series, I feel like these classes would be great. Basically my brother gave me the best advice, he said that Tolkien first created his entire world of Lord of The Rings BEFORE he created his characters. Characters will make more sense once their world is created for them, as they simply fall into it. And he was right. As such, my book now has an entire history, cultures, political climate and religions. It made all of the difference for me to complete my first book.

    But now the trick is publishing it, that is the hard part.

  35. So in a world where 99.9% of submissions are not even read by publishers, and therefore the greatest writers in the world are statistically likely to be unknown, a bunch of lucky celebrities are egotistical enough to reduce success to a catchy opening sentence and hard work, which suggests they have worked harder than all of the failed writers, which is simply not true.

  36. Storytelling is the sacrament of humanity. Everyone has another world inside them and each one is insanely valuable! Insanely wonderful! Please don't let anyone tell you that your story isn't worth telling!

  37. Have done WAY LOTS of theater. As an ENGINEER! Am sure you're great … but NO WAY I'd take a writing class from a smarmy-sounding Brit. Stop with the over-intellectual commercials. Just get a job and put food on your table.

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