Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: April Coady
Founder & Owner of Little April Shower
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Blogging, Books, Family & Life, Fashion & Style, Photography, Successful Living, Travel and Writing Writer
John Green is one of the fiction authors that I really love. Apart from him being innovative and smart, he’s also kind and funny and he has inspired thousands of young writers and motivated them and a lot of other people to do good in the world. This author is very relatable and personable and he makes all who read his books laugh and cry and just generally love the characters because they are so real. But this isn’t a post about why I love John Green, so without further ado, here are 5 of his most inspiring quotes.
1. On the collaboration between writers and readers.
“I know that books seem like the ultimate thing that’s made by one person, but that’s not true. Every reading of a book is a collaboration between the reader and the writer who are making the story up together.” – The great thing about a book or even a blog post is that you can publish it and whoever reads it will read it to themselves for different reasons, whether it be the title that appeals to them, the images or the underlying plot and message. And when they read it they’ll all understand it differently. The only important thing that matters when you read something is the meaning that it has for you.
2. On reading.
“I really think that reading is just as important as writing when you’re trying to be a writer because it’s the only apprenticeship we have, it’s the only way of learning how to write a story.” – You can’t learn anything about writing if you don’t read. By reading as much as you can, you’re gaining ideas, perspectives, and inspiration from places you didn’t think you could before – you’re learning what other people think and feel and how they put their stories together. Then when it comes to writing, you are able to include all of those lessons you have learned knowing that there are other people out there who have had the same experiences as you.
3. On writing as a parallel to real life.
“Writing, or at least good writing, is an outgrowth of that urge to use language to communicate complex ideas and experiences between people. And that’s true whether you’re reading Shakespeare or bad vampire fiction – reading is always an act of empathy. It’s always an imagining of what it’s like to be someone else.” – People write from their own experiences and that means that most of what we read are a sort of parallel to the real world. Characters in books are based on people the writer has experienced, places they have been and interactions they may have seen, heard or been involved in. Reading what other people have written is a great insight into their worlds and it helps us realize that everyone is similar in a way. We can imagine what it is like to be the character in the book, and we can feel sorry for them, happy for them and hate the people that they hate. We practice social understanding and empathy when we read. In books, we are able to imagine what it is like to feel a certain way or think a certain thing without actually having to feel that way in real life, so when we read we can practice in our minds the responses we would have and what we would do if those situations actually did come up.
4. On the relationship between writers and readers.
“Different authors write different ways, have different relationships with their audiences, and those are all legitimate.” – No-one has the same writing style, they’re all unique and different and yes, some authors may write similarly to another because they are influenced and inspired by authors of the same genre. However, all writers and their audiences have different relationships than those of other writers. Fans of one book may not necessarily be fans of another. But all of these relationships are legitimate, and they are crucial to building a community surrounding your writing. So pay attention to those that read and comment on your blog posts, and those who email you with questions about your work – they’re all interested and it would be a shame to ignore them. The more you engage with your readers, the better the relationship will be.
5. On understanding.
“Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood.” – Everyone wants to learn and everyone wants to be understood. When you read you get to share experiences with other people who read the same things and you get to communicate with them. You are never alone if you read because you know there are people out there in your situation. And as you write, you get to tell everyone how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking and they won’t judge. In fact, they’ll probably tell you that they understand what you are going through, and they’ll empathize. It’s not just books that help you understand and be understood, it is also blogging posts, magazine articles, and song lyrics; anything that you read to which you can relate. Time spent reading is time well spent.
So there you have it. I hope these quotes will motivate you to keep writing and to keep loving what you write. Because you never know, there may be someone out there who really needed to read it for one reason or another.
Article Credits: April Coady
Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor