Advice from a fictional character

I love it when I finish a good book. It’s even better when I’ve found a great quote I’ll always remember. Yes, the quote comes from a fictional character, but it doesn’t make it any less impactful for me! 😉

In Ken Scholes’ book, Lamentation, a father is giving his son advice to the question of how he’ll know what to be when he grows up. The father answers:

“Watch for the ones who leave your mouth hanging open. Study them, find out what they love and what they fear. Dig the treasure out of their soul and hold it to the light..Then be like them.”

I think this applies to authors, don’t you? That was the first thing I thought of. What authors did I read that left my mouth hanging open? And made me want to be a writer? This is what I came up with:

Earliest memories:

George MacDonald, The Goblin Princess


Tolkien, The Hobbit
Peter S Beagle, The Last Unicorn


Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Robert J Sawyer, Mindscan

Which authors leave your mouth hanging open??



Filed under Advice for Writers from the Pros!

3 responses to “Advice from a fictional character

  1. Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted)
    Megan McCafferty (Sloppy Firsts)
    Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games)
    Robin McKinley (The Hero & The Crown)
    Sarah J. Maas () (Queen of Glass Trilogy)
    JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit)
    Libba Bray (A Great & Terrible Beauty)
    Sarah Dessen (Dreamland)
    Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
    Mandy Hubbard () (Prada & Prejudice)
    Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver)
    JK Rowling (Harry Potter)
    Katherine A. Applegate (Animorphs)
    Julie Andrews (Mandy)
    Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden/A Little Princess)
    lol….I could go on & on, Sandra! 🙂

  2. That’s a lot of mouth hanging open! LOL. Thanks for the list. I haven’t read some of those, will have to add them to my to read list!

  3. Terry Pratchett. Especially the Guards books. He also makes me lol, out loud, which is always a good thing 🙂

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