Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A favorite quote from author Kevin J. Anderson

I was checking out the forum on L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future website ( and found an excellent quote from author Kevin J. Anderson (one of my favorite writers who I got to meet at Shevacon in Roanoke, Va., this year).

He was on the forum June 24, 2008, to answer questions (since he is a contest judge), and answered this query: "What inspires you to write?"

His response was: "I write because if I didn't write, then my head would explode from all the ideas that keep coming."

OK, it's not a blow-your-mind kind of quote, but what I like so much about it is that it rings true with me and likely many other writers. Ideas and/or scenes pop into my head often, and I have to jot them down or I'll forget them. If they're for a chapter of a book, the ideas will keep pouring in until I complete the chapter.

And then ... the relief sets in ... too bad it doesn't last long. Almost immediately, I get more ideas for the next chapter. Save it for another day, I tell myself. Even writers need some sleep.

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