Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Trust Your Demon


"Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant -you just don't know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you'd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place. Trust your demon."
~ Roger Zelazny
 
 
 
Today, I leave you with these words of brilliance:

Trust Your Demon!

25 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Ooh yeah! Defintitely trust your demon!

Matthew Rush said...

Excellent! Love it. All the books I've enjoyed the most had authors who were prepared to be incredibly evil toward the characters.

Terri Tiffany said...

Love this!!

Jen Chandler said...

My best writing comes from trusting those demons. I'll be hanging on to this quote :D

~Jen

Mary Mary said...

Sometimes that's just what you have to do!

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Tere Kirkland said...

Ha ha! Where would my work be without demons?

No seriously, I write a lot about demons, so it wouldn't be very good at all. ;)

Love this quote, Shannon!

Laurel Garver said...

Great quote! I suffer crises of confidence continually and the temptation to play it safe is so strong at times.

But deep down I know where I did the riskiest things, my story is most memorable.

K.M. Weiland said...

Great quote! I've always referred to this idea as "writing scared," but I like Zelazny's devilish ring! Plus, I'd trust any demon as cute as that!

Melissa Gill said...

That's a great quote. I really need to trust my demons more I think. I worry too much about looking dumb.

Candyland said...

PERFECT! I'm trusting my personal demon RIGHT NOW! Thanks, Shan:)

Susan R. Mills said...

Love it!

Old Kitty said...

I am embracing my demon with open arms!! Welcome to my demon - now behave!! LOL! Take care
x

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Interesting advice. Trust your instinct, even when you feel like second guessing your self. I like that.

The Golden Eagle said...

Love this post!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Just noticed the pink hair in your profile pic. Se'chic! I needed to be bumped in the butt about the demons. With the read-through/unveiling of my play this weekend, the self-doubt gremlins are screaming at me!!

Niki said...

Who wouldnt trust that little guy :o) I'm loving your pink hair hehe

Jen Daiker said...

This is the best advice EVER!!!

PS - I'm a huge fan of that pink hair of yours ;)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

!!! Okay, I'm going to do it. Yesterday, I asked my crit partners about a wild idea I had, something I hadn't expected to do in the structure of the novel I'm working, and they said I should explore it. After your post, I've decided to get out my ice pick and climb this iffy mountain. If you hear screams, it means I'm having a real adventure. :D

Theresa Milstein said...

I've been there. I'll try to trust my demon!

Jemi Fraser said...

That just might be my favourite quote ever! :)

Kari Marie said...

Agree! Sometimes The Demon Knows Best.

Jessie Oliveros said...

That is good advice for me now. My demon is much smarter than me. Love your new profile pic!

Heather said...

Leave it to Roger to put it in such a way. I love it!

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