Our favorite writers often have a lot more to tell us apart from their writing. Some of the most successful and well-known writers have gone through existential crisis and breakdowns so much that they have become inspirational gurus to many of their readers. Let’s take a look at some of the most powerful and useful lessons that these great people have to offer not only to writers but to readers and others across the world.
- “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.” – Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the most popular horror and fiction writers of our age. He has written dozens upon dozens of novels and short stories, but all of it came from his heart and mind, not from a goal to make money.
His quote about reading before writing couldn’t be closer to the truth. Every writer has to read, and read carefully before trying to write an original piece of their own. Only then will they be able to convey a meaningful message through their writing, empowered by the knowledge they accumulated by reading.
- “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – Robert Frost
Evoking emotion and action in the reader isn’t as simple as writing a good story. Robert Frost, a famous poetry writer, wrote about how readers are an extension of the writer. If the writer doesn’t feel anything for his or her characters and story, nor will the readers themselves.
While we often ask the question “can someone write my essay for me?” in today’s day and age, this is not Frost’s philosophy. Familiarizing yourself with the story you are trying to communicate is the number one priority of every good writer, fiction and non-fiction alike.
- “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury
Becoming a part of your writing is not unusual – investing so much time and effort into crafting a believable piece often takes a toll on a writer. Ray Bradbury often spoke of how writers should reside within their imaginary worlds more than the real world. Only in doing so will they be able to act as emissaries and write believable stories about whatever it is each writer is compelled to write about.
- “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank
You might be familiar with the tragic story of a young girl trapped in a German concentration camp and her untimely demise. Her writing has moved millions across the world, and some of her thoughts ring true even today. She spoke of using writing as a way out of the dreary reality that surrounded her.
Writers are often empowered and cheerful when a new idea pops into their head and ink turns into words. Use your writing talent to encourage yourself to do the same – be brave and express your emotions on paper no matter how silly they might seem at the time.
- “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” – Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov is often considered one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century. He spoke of living your life to the fullest no matter how much time you have left, as proven by his famous quote.
Many of us focus on today’s problems without thinking about the bigger picture or the fact that we still have years ahead of us. Not one of us will die in the next six minutes (as Asimov puts it), so why not spend that time doing what we love? Write, play with your children and most importantly, smile because you can.
What made these writers successful isn’t a stroke of luck that came and went – it is hard work and dedication. Their stories are cherished across the world and will continue to be perceived as such for many years to come.
Take their thoughts and quotes into consideration when you get out of bed and try living your life to the best of your abilities. We only have one after all.