This week’s quote comes from British author, Joanne Harris. I think that this may be the first time that I have chosen a writer from my own fair shores for this series and I’m not sure why that is. Britain has produced many a fine writer and author, many of whom have had great influence and success in the literary field.
Harris’ best known book is undoubtedly ‘Chocolat’, a novel that was also made into a film starring Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche. The thing that appeals to me the most about this author is that the subject matter of many of her stories connect with me on a deeply emotional level. I really like this quote because it speaks to many of the reasons why I write myself. How many of us find ourselves unable to express our thoughts and emotions clearly? Many of us find it easier to convey our feelings through the written word with the hope that perhaps there is someone out there willing to listen to what it is that we have to say.
Writing has been a wonderful way for me to work through issues that have plagued me for most of my life and I cannot believe that I only began writing in earnest a little over a year ago. Writing has enabled me to look at things from a different perspective and has allowed me to disengage from my conscious mind so that I can concentrate on the unresolved issues in my unconscious.
Writing is many things to many people, but it has become an important coping mechanism as I learn to deal with life in its many twists and turns and seek to mend the broken parts within. No one can live forever, but fiction can allow those we have loved and lost to remain forever on the pages of a book and that is something that I will never again take for granted.