Most people carry their demons around with them, buried down deep inside. Writers wrestle their demons to the surface, fling them out onto the page, then call them characters.”
People are contradictory by nature, driven by emotions that manifest themselves in actions defying logic or reason.
We are ancient beings trying to live in a modern world, fighting buried instincts that we defeat only some of the time.
Our failings, and our strength to rise above them, are what makes us so interesting.
Our emotions can make us altruistic, and brave, but they can also make us monsters.
Our cognizance of our inner demons is what separates us from the beasts. It is what makes us human.
As writers we love to explore those inner demons and angels, and what keeps us hanging between the two worlds of instinct and moral code.
From the petty jealousy to the rage that can drive us to kill.
From our ability to appreciate fine art to a parent’s love.
Emotions in all their manifestations, their consequence and their repercussions, give writers a reason to write.
There is no better curse than to be a writer.
Why constrain yourself to one world and one life, when you can build thousands for yourself?
With imagination you can climb impossible mountains, fly dragons, and win wars.
You can die, and be reborn.
You can solve great mysteries, or create them.
Make people, and then make them hate one another or fall in love.
Send them out on perilous quests that they might, at your whim, win or lose.
You can go with them, or decide to watch them from afar.
Yes, there really is no better curse than to be a writer.
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to fantastic destinations.
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.”
Once I dive into these pages
I may not come out for ages.
Books have powers over me.
Inside a book I am not free.
I am a prisoner in a land
of print on paper in my hand.
But do not worry. Do not fear.
I am a happy captive here.
Captive by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Happy writing. Happy reading 🙂
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
~ Leo Burnett