Neil Gaiman: “The Best Way to Come Up With New Ideas is to Get Really Bored.”

When Neil Gaiman writes, people read. And when he talks, people listen. So what do we call it when we read what he’s said?

“People risten?”

“People lead?”

FWIW, we’re leading the ristening right here:

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Neil Gaiman prepares for social media ‘sabbatical’

by Richard Lea

Fans of Neil Gaiman can anticipate an empty January 2014, when the writer is set to take a “sabbatical” from social media.
Speaking at the Guardian, where the author spent a day editing the books website, Gaiman announced that he would take a break from updating his 1.8m followers on Twitter, his 500,000 Facebook friends and maybe even posting for the 1.5m readers of his blog.

“I’ll be taking about six months off,” he said, “a sabbatical from social media so I can concentrate on my day job: making things up.”

There has been little sign that the output of the creator of The Sandman and American Gods has slowed since he took up blogging in 2001 or since he joined Twitter in 2008, in which time he has published award-winning novels such as Coraline in 2002, The Graveyard Book in 2009 and now The Ocean at the End of the Lane, out next week. He has also written two episodes of Dr Who.

Gaiman thanks his Twitter followers in his latest novel for helping him check the prices of sweets in the 1960s but confesses that he would have “written the book twice as fast” without them.

He says the problem isn’t the amount of time spent using social media; it’s how it spreads into every cranny of our existence.

“People ask me where I get my ideas from,” he said, “and the answer is that the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored.”

Watching school plays was ideal, he continued.

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