Trying to Be Neil Gaiman…
Is exactly as hard as it looks. Never mind that he has made writing as simple and straightforward as anyone has ever been able, it’s whole nuther thing to try and think like him.
Case in point: an anthology is looking for scarecrow stories. I’m coming up to the deadline trying to solve it as Neil once solved one of his story difficulties for an anthology on gargoyles.
What are gargoyles for? Putting on buildings to protect them.
So what are scarecrows for? Hmm. Putting in fields to keep the birds away.
Could they keep something else away?