“We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it’s the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. We have an obligation not to bore our readers, but to make them need to turn the pages. One of the best cures for a reluctant reader, after all, is a tale they cannot stop themselves from reading. And while we must tell our readers true things and give them weapons and give them armor and pass on whatever wisdom we have gleaned from our short stay on this green world, we have an obligation not to preach, not to lecture, not to force predigested morals and messages down our readers’ throats like adult birds feeding their babies pre-masticated maggots; and we have an obligation never, ever under any circumstances, to write anything for children that we would not want to read ourselves.” – Neil Gaiman

 

This is the one quote I have up in my room. I have read it many times, thought about it many more, and every time, I am filled with inspiration to write and make something absolutely beautiful. I’d love to know what other writers and reader have to say about this quote. Leave comments below if you agree, disagree, love, hate, or have anything else to say about this quote.

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