Quotable Discussions

In today’s “Quotable Discussions”, the focus lands on writing, on the process used by authors all over the world when they write the things we love to read. What is it that drives people to write? Why do authors spend endless hours and blood, sweat, and tears pouring over words… creating, revising, editing? Let’s take a look at what two authors have to say.

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” ~ John Jakes, author of “The North and South Trilogy”

“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture, but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.” ~ Don Delillo, author of “White Noise”
I suppose many things we do in life are our own, small attempts to leave our mark on the world. And sometimes, the things we do are an attempt to say to the world, “You haven’t left a mark on me”. For me, writing is both. I want to write books that entertain, offer escape, promote imagination and creativity, present opportunities to learn, and encourage individuality. Perhaps that’s the way I’d like to leave my mark on the world. But, writing is also a way to exercise my individuality… to say (if only in my head) that I am not like everyone else, that I will not live in the box that society expects me to be in, that there is more to me than meets the eye. Writing is the way I let who I am “shine through every sentence”… and it also sets me apart from the “mass identity”. It is a part of my life that exists not just on my computer screen, but in my heart and soul… something that belongs solely to me. And I cherish it.

I look forward to your thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. Great quotes, Amy! The quote from Mr. Delillo really speaks to me. I think I write to save myself, to retain my own individuality in an environment where I'm supposed to be all things to so many people who depend on me. Writing has always been a lifeline that kept me from drowning in the daily tedium. I can't imagine life without my very active fantasy world playing out inside my head. And since I spend so much of my life doing something that fulfills me, yes, I would absolutely love to excell at it--make my mark in some way. For me, a great part of the enjoyment of writing is the learning experience. I always think I can do better, if I just keep trying. I hope I never stop learning. The challenge of finding the perfect words to express the things going on inside my head is what keeps me going.