Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Rachel Joyce

Hello everyone and welcome to the middle of the week. I hope it’s going well so far. I hope the words are flowing easily and writer’s block has not reared it’s ugly head. If it has, or if you feel your motivation waning, I suggest you check out Colleen’s weekly event, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

Every week bloggers pick a quote to share that inspires them, and hopefully others, to keep going. My contribution this week is from British author, Rachel Joyce.

Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio Four, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman’s Hour and a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. She jointly won the 2007 Tinniswood Award for best radio play for her To Be a Pilgrim.

She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver

Her debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was on the long list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. In December 2012, she was awarded the “New Writer of the Year” award by the National Book Awards for the novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Her second novel, Perfect, was published on 4 July 2013 to critical acclaim.

I think of myself as a very ordinary person. I like writing about the juxtaposition between people: the beauty of them at times and then the banal, everyday context in which we find ourselves.

– Rachel Joyce

This quote actually sums up quite nicely who I am as a writer. I’m extremely ordinary but I like being that way. I like writing about ordinary things and other ordinary people because, for me, the ordinary is quiet extraordinary when you consider the apparent lack of other sentient life in the universe.

Every little thing we humans do is something that, has far as when know, is not happening anywhere else. Our everyday actions and feeling are a novelty. They only seem boring because we do and feel them everyday.

If we took time to step outside of ourselves and view the world without all the meaning and context we have attached we would see how precious and amazing we all are. We would also appreciate each other and our planet a lot more. For us life has become almost meaningless. We forget that there is a lot of beauty in us and in the way we interact with each other. We forget that every feeling, even our anger and sadness, is something to marvel at.

I like finding quotes like this because they remind me of who I am. I don’t lead an extraordinary life, I firmly believe most writer’s don’t. Most writer’s write about other people with extraordinary lives and they write about them through empathy. I chose a different route because all too often I see people trying to escape their ordinary lives rather than learning to immerse themselves in it.

I am here to say the every one of us is extraordinary, even on the most common and mundane of days.

Original image via http://www.pexels.com/photo/city-people-woman-street-1714/


5 Replies to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Rachel Joyce”

  1. Lisa, what a great quote and I love your comment, “I like writing about ordinary things and other ordinary people because, for me, the ordinary is quite extraordinary when you consider the apparent lack of other sentient life in the universe.” I agree, sometimes the ordinary is what makes our characters take on the appearance of being extraordinary. Well done! <3


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