This week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday is the British novelist, Roald Dahl. If the name isn’t familiar I would say that you know him, you just don’t know you know him, either that or you grew up under a rock.
He is a very famous writer of children’s books and has written a few of my favorites, including Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. He also wrote Fantastic Mr. Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but I only ever saw the movies, I didn’t read the books. Both have been added to my “to-read” list though.
Apparently he also wrote some “macabre adult short stories” for many magazines including Ladies Home Journal, Harper’s, Playboy, and The New Yorker but I haven’t heard of them, let alone read them, but I plan to rectify that as well.
In addition to his many books and short stories, Dahl was also a fighter pilot and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Cool!
“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it”
― Roald Dahl
As usual, I chose the author before the quote for my post. I had forgotten and Roald Dahl until yesterday when I wrote a post listing the Top Ten Books From My Childhood I’d Like to Revisit and two of his books showed up on the list. I got to wondering what Dahl had to say about the craft of writing and started searching.
I liked this quote in particular because I do think people have to be fools to become writer’s, I think that is why I waited so long to get started. The benefits outweigh the difficulties though. I feel free when I write. I feel more myself and I answer to no one except myself. I only have to be honest and write and I am happy.
And I like to think that when I am happy, my readers are happy too :)