While most everyone recognizes Stephen King for his horror novels, I was introduced to him through his book On Writing. I’m so grateful my father recommended this book to me because I loooooved it. As an English major in my freshman year, I found it both inspiring and helpful. Not only were his tips invaluable, but his writing was simply a joy to read. The added humor coupled with his own life stories gave an extra focus to his book, ensuring my interest in not only his advice but also his personal life and achievements. I love reading the background stories of successful authors because it motivates me to continue to peruse my dream.
I recently just finished his 1,000 page monstrosity, It, which takes place in his home state, Maine. Partly because he is such a big author, and partly because I am currently enjoying a week in Maine myself, I thought I would share a quote from the great King. While he does have some really insightful sayings, the one below just cracked me up. I think it displays his dark, sarcastic humor quite nicely, don’t you?
“People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It sits on a jar in my desk.” ~ Stephen King
So, I have a confession: I have not yet read Harper Lee’s book, Go Set a Watchman (which was just published last summer) even though I loved her first novel To Kill a Mockingbird. I heard mixed reviews about the second one, and so I haven’t gotten around to reading it. However, because she is one of my favorite authors and because To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic, I thought I’d share with you all this great quote:
“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one that makes you think”. ~ Harper Lee
C.S. Lewis is definitely one of my favorite authors. Founder of the children’s fantasy novel, profound storyteller, friend of J.R.R. Tolkien- he is my hero! This is one of my favorite quotes from him on writing:
“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words”. – C.S. Lewis
In honor of the anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this past Monday, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite quotes from beloved author J.K. Rowling. Though it was difficult to select just one of her quotes, I believe the one I chose embodies much of what her books were about. For her stories did more than entertain us (though opening up a whole new world of magic and fantasy is in and of itself a remarkable accomplishment); they taught millions of readers across the globe about the uniquely human power to imagine, create, and most of all, love.
“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not…it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experience we have never shared. Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can learn and understand, without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling
From her 2008 Harvard Commencement Address, entitled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination”.
Thanks J.K. Rowling for being awesome.
An avid fan