This is the first quote I have chosen for Writer’s Quote Wednesday from an author I’m not familiar with. I have never heard of Gideon Defoe. A quick Google search tells me that “Gideon Defoe is a British writer and author of The Pirates!, a series of comedy books following a group of pirates on their adventures. Wikipedia”
“I would like to tell you that I wrote my book to push back artistic boundaries. But I didn’t. I wrote it to impress a girl.”
― Gideon Defoe
I like to choose quotes from authors I know because knowing their work give context and weight to their words of wisdom and advice, but this quote was just too perfect. Not every writer is trying to change the world. Not everyone is dong something profound. Some of us are just trying to impress a girl and that’s ok.
But then again maybe even when we start out just trying to impress a girl, maybe through that we still end up doing something big and important.
I write for myself first, but I am also out to impress a girl. My girlfriend has been so supportive and encouraging of my writing. and every time I sit down to write, in the back of my head, I think, “I wonder if she will like this”. And every time I think about why I do this, part of the reason is so that the woman I love the most will be proud.
But we all write to write to impress someone, don’t we?
P.S. I might have to check out the The Pirates! series. I haven’t read many comedies. If you’ve read them let me know what you think.