Write Like a Dandelion

Spring is everywhere, and with it comes my favorite flower, the dandelion. This common little flower inspires me. No lawn is without one, despite weed killer and conscientious uprooting.

Dandelions are tenacious and prolific. Be like dandelions, Neil Gaiman urged publishers at a speech he gave at the 2013 London Book Fair.

“It’s time for us to be dandelions,” said Gaiman. “Willing to launch a thousand seeds and lose 900 of them. If 100, or even a dozen survive and grow and make a new world I think that’s a lot wiser than waiting…”

Today, don’t plan and plot. Write deeply and tenaciously. Find places to throw your words and see where they stick.

I’ve posted about his keynote speech at the 2013 London Book Fair in 2015. You can read that older post here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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