Ever since I began writing for publication, I have collected quotes about writing. Why? For inspiration, to learn from those who have gone before me, and to help justify the huge expense of time being a novelist requires me to invest in this endeavor.
Now it is a pleasure to look through my collection, savoring the words of writers on this craft we love. And sometimes as I browse, quotes appear in interesting juxtapostion with each other. Here is one such set of three:
“We have art so we shall not die of reality.” – Nietzsche
“You have to follow your own voice. You have to be yourself when you write. In effect, you have to announce, “This is me, this is what I stand for, this is what you get when you read me. I’m doing the best I can—buy me or not—but this is who I am as a writer.”— David Morrell
“Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom.
“That is why we write.” – Neil Gaiman
That is a very good reason to write, because someday my story or your story will reach a person who needs it. And maybe that story will not only help this person survive reality, but empower him or her to move forward into the future with a little bit more wisdom, a little more hope, and maybe even a desire to help someone else with their own overwhelming reality.