Monday, November 19, 2012

Be Original

Tell the truth, dear writer.

Had to share this quote because there’s so much brilliance in it. Nowadays when I write, I keep telling myself, “Tell the truth. Tell the truth” even though fiction is, of course, a pack of lies, but still, a kernel of truth must be there. What a paradox!

You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it... Give up yourself, and you will find your real self.” 
― C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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