June 2014 – Page 2 – Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin

I am an artist – words are my palette

Month: June 2014 (Page 2 of 2)

Great Quotes About Fantasy

To follow up a previous last post–Why Write Fantasy–here’s what other great men and women have said about writing fantasy:

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ― Dr. Seuss

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” ― J.M. Barrie

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein

“Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” ― W.B. Yeats

“Fantasy, if it’s really convincing, can’t become dated, for the simple reason that it represents a flight into a dimension that lies beyond the reach of time.” ― Walt Disney Company

“Everybody must have a fantasy.” ― Andy Warhol

“When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.” ― Alexandre Dumas

“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” ― Charles de Lint

“Lovers and madmen have such seething brains

Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend

More than cool reason ever comprehends.” ― William Shakespeare

“Classic fairy tales do not deny the existence of heartache and sorrow, but they do deny universal defeat.” ― Greenhaven

The best quote of all, from a famous man we all know and love:

“Hodor!” ― George R.R. Martin


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Uncertainty: The Curse of the Creator

I believe artists (including writers) tend to be some of the most insecure people in the world. After all, what we’re doing is so much more than just work. We’re putting ourselves out there for people to see and–worst of all–criticize.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I’m very uncertain when I come up with a new story idea or finish another chapter of In the Days. All artists desperately want the approval of others, as that validation proves that they have something they can offer.

Whether it’s a new story, a beautiful painting, or a cleverly worded song, there’s always a bit of uncertainty when the idea is put out there. The artist has to pull the idea from his or her brain, form it in a way that people can identify with, and then leave it out there for people to examine. People listen to that song, look at the painting, or read the book, and then they go to town with the criticism.

Here’s the interesting thing about being on the other side of creation: people who criticize loudest often can do the least.

Think about it…

Most of the greatest art critics in the world are excellent at pointing out the flaws in technique, style, and imagery, but have you seen ANY of their work? The people most vocal about finding mistakes in a manuscript or being annoyed by the repetitive lyrics of a song have never lifted a pen to write anything. They’ve never put themselves out there, never felt that uncertainty that comes with being a creator.

I ramble, but my point is this: uncertainty is a part of your life as a creator. It is simply your job to continue creating and putting your work out there. People may love it or hate it, but at least it’s out there. You got it out of your brain, and you proved–to yourself, at least–that you truly are a creator.

Take that uncertainty, and run with it. Use it to help you constantly strive to improve your work, to always enhance your talents with acquired knowledge. The uncertainty will force you to always try to be better, to do something new, to test the limits of your skill. That, in my opinion, is what makes an artist not just good, but great!

Writing Mistakes: Writing to Make Money

In my studies on creative writing, I’ve found dozens of people who say:

“You should never write to make money, but you should do so because it is your passion.”

There is a lot of truth in that. After all, if you were to write JUST for the purpose of making money, your writing would probably suck.

I know a lot of writers who basically just write whatever is popular at the time, all for the purpose of cashing in on hype in order to sell a few more books. Immediately after 50 Shades of Grey struck it big, dozens of softcore BDSM novels hit Amazon’s virtual shelves. These books were written by people who just wanted to make money, and it worked–sort of.

The writers who capitalize on hype may sell a few books, but they never truly become the next Brandon Sandersons, Danielle Steeles, John Grishams, Stephen Kings, or Tom Clancys. They are the ones who make other indie authors and publishers look bad, as their books are usually poorly-written, poorly edited, and just look like all hell.

In this case, it’s ALWAYS best to avoid writing on a topic just because it’s popular. In the wake of Twilight, thousands of vampire books were published. Zombies have become popular thanks to The Walking Dead. Good authors will write what they are writing not because it’s popular, but because it’s the story bursting out of them.

However, I love pointing out the flip side, and there is definitely a big “but” to this one…

If you NEVER write to make money, you’re going to accomplish exactly that! You may be passionate about your story, but there’s no guarantee that readers will be. Take a look at Dinosaur erotica. I’m sure the writers wanted to capitalize on whatever weird trend was going on, but it’s mocked relentlessly and has probably sold VERY FEW copies.

You can’t make your writing so odd and your theme so obscure that no one will buy it. You have to cater to your audiences at least a bit in order to write good stories. There has to be a proper balance to your writing, and writing with your readers in mind is the best way to ensure that your story–while it is your own and unique to you–will sell enough copies to put some food on the table!


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