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Fish

I love quotes. One of my favorites is from Albert Einstein:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

This is important for everyone to remember, but especially creative people. I don’t know how it is for other creative types, but from discussing with many writers I know that we are a temperamental, insecure bunch. We are always comparing ourselves to “the Greats” of writing (whichever we feel the Greats are) and feel bad about our work.

But remember this: We are fish. We have very different lives than any other writer. We write different things and in different styles. It makes no sense for me to compare myself to Dostoevsky because we are so different (and write very different things) even though he is one of my favorite authors. Likewise, I ought not compare myself to Robin Hobb because, though we both write fantasy, our lives are different and shape our styles.*

Everyone is different. We are a whole planet of different – don’t compare yourself to the bird or the tiger or the hydrangea. You are a fish, or a leaf, or maybe a frog. Keep your chin up as you write. You are a genius too.

Take care, fellow travelers.

*And for goodness sake, though there are some really awful pieces of writing out there, be nice. Don’t judge them. We were all there once. Practice is the only way to grow. If they are told they can’t do it, they will start to believe that and be the fish that thinks itself stupid.

Inside Your Head

I love this quote, because there is no questioning the truth of it. A writer is constantly “writing,” even if they don’t have a pen or pencil or keyboard. I constantly am thinking about my stories and writing and revising in my mind. Sure, those mind-compositions don’t always make it to the page, but the point is that I am using my mind, even when I am not physically writing.

I think that most (if not all) writers do this. If we don’t, our stories are flat, boring even. We have to think about them nearly every moment of every day until something clicks and the whole story falls into place. Have you ever experienced that? During one of my revisions of QFS, I realized that my minor villain did not, in fact, know everything about the major villain and was not working with her. The minor villain had a fascinating back-story of his own that shapes every action he takes – and I never would have realized it had I not spent so much time thinking about my story.

So keep thinking, keep imagining, keep writing!

Take care, fellow travelers.

Thursday Inspiration

Last night, I went to a Buddhist Temple. It wasn’t my first time going to one, but the trip reminded me about connectedness. One thing that I have come across again and again in my college career and now is how everything is connected, how we humans are made from elements that were flung across the universe in supernovas. We have pieces of stars inside of us. Maybe that is romanticizing it a little bit, but I don’t care.

A quote that I found on Pintrest by Max Ehrmann

We are all important, and so are our stories, regardless of if they are fiction or not. Stories are what keep us going. I had a professor in college who always said that we are the stories we tell ourselves. I think it is an intensely human drive to tell stories, whether orally or through the written word. In so many places it crops up that we are stories.

In the novel “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin one of the characters says “A person is a novel: you don’t know how it will end until the very last page.” A person is a novel, because we have our own stories, we tell our own stories and, as the Eleventh Doctor (from Doctor Who) says, “We’re all stories in the end.”

Someday we won’t be here. Maybe that isn’t the most inspiring thing I could write, but someday people will only remember the stories we left them with. So tell your stories! Don’t be afraid to share them. Share the things that exist only in your mind, share the things that have made you who you are.

Share your stories and be kind to yourself.

Take care, fellow travelers.

Thursday Inspiration

It’s Thursday again, which means it’s time for some inspiration. Yesterday was a particularly difficult editing day for me (of course it was – I set myself a goal and somehow goals always decrease my productivity… I should really know better) and so I spent a chunk of my afternoon looking up quotes and videos. I hope that you enjoy the video!

Take care, fellow travelers!

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