Friday, May 2, 2014

John Green's Pep Talk for Readers...and Writers

Note to self: watch this video when you feel that writing is pointless.

"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 is like to be someone else." --John Green

"It is extremely hard to get other people to feel what we are feeling." --John Green

"Now imagine that you're trying to communicate far more complicated and nuanced experiences and emotions and instead of just trying to communicate them to your best friend, you're trying to talk to strangers, some of whom may live very far away, and in fact live centuries after your death." --John Green

Whew! No wonder writing is hard. Thanks, John Green, for validating my emotions.