Neil Gaiman's Advice to Writer: "Read a lot and live..... Go do stuff. Go get your heart broken and then come back and write some more"
Go listen to the sentence about "like bricks onto a wall" too... pretty basic stuff but so tough to do, no?
Also, listen to this 2006 speech he gave in Berkeley on a book tour for Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders....
..and his recent interview on Colbert Nation:
Incidentally, I have not read any of Gaiman's work though I have heard many friends rave. Maybe one of these days, I'll start.
Also, see this lovely short clip for Blueberry Girl, written and read by Neil Gaiman.
Lovely! He apparently wrote this for or Tash, Tori Amos's daughter (who is also Gaiman's god-daughter).