We always tend to equate other people’s aspirations based on our own, and judge their contentment and success by it. As children, we assume everyone wants to come first in academics and sports, then get into the best professional colleges, go on to earn the best pay packets to buy all money can buy, and then predictably aspire to marry the richest guy or the best looking girl and have lovely children for whom we again have the same cycle of aspirations. Why don’t we delve beyond our own dreams and benchmarks for happiness and success to notice some may have different aspirations that do not conform to ours.
A few stimulating quotes on writing that mirror my thoughts and aspirations, also how I choose to write, very precisely:
“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”—George Orwell.
“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” — Joyce Carol Oates.
“I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”—Roald Dahl.
“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” —R.L. Stine,
“Long patience and application saturated with your heart’s blood—you will either write or you will not—and the only way to find out whether you will or not is to try.” —Jim Tully
Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason —they made no such demand on those who wrote them. — Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon.