Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Roald Dahl

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 :)


4 Replies to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Roald Dahl”

  1. Roald Dahl was my hero growing up. I also recently discovered that he wrote the screenplay for ‘You Only Live Twice!’ which isn’t the best Bond film but it’s still pretty cool…
    Have you read Charlie and the Chocolate factory yet? There’s a sequel too, which was never made into a film call Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. Both brilliant.


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