I have a book full of quotes, many of them about writing, that I’ve been collecting for over a decade. But of all of them, this one has probably defined me as a writer the most. It gave me permission to be the author I wanted to be, it relieved my anxiety about writing at a time when I was taking it very seriously and trying very hard to get published. It didn’t happen then. But I kept writing. I didn’t worry about who would like it, or if it was any good (okay, I didn’t worry a lot). Because somehow knowing that you can’t predict what people will want to read gave me the freedom to write whatever I wanted.
I think what I write is still worthwhile. I write what I want to read. Which leads me to another quote:
“If its happened to you, it’s happened to someone else. And if you can conceive of it happening to someone else, it probably has. And if you can describe it in such a way that you believe it, then other people will too. I think if it’s true for you, its true for everybody.” –Colson Whitehead
I don’t write sci-fi or fantasy or dystopian novels or romance. At least not yet. I write about real people going through real struggles and triumphing over them in a real way. I write about people like me, or who I could be friends with. I think the raw emotion of life, the learning from mistakes, the love and loss and struggle of everyday… I think those stories are worth telling. I write YA because that’s the voice that’s inside my head. Because teenagers are infinite. Just ask them. They are full of possibilities, even when every little problem is the end of the world. For teenagers, life is immediate and every emotion is at the surface, waiting to bubble over.
“People resist fiction because….in this era of voyeurism and confession, there is still a fear of putting oneself in another’s shoes.” –Helen Benedict
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"Fiction gives the human soul a voice." - Helen Benedict
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