The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new. ~Samuel Johnson
Saturdays are slow days in the blogging community. Perhaps it stems from the fact that most writers (myself excluded) have lives away from their computers. So, I've decided to save my writing posts for mid-week and make Saturdays a writing quote study.
How it works: I take a random writing quote and examine its meaning and search for wisdom within.
This is my first quote. Samuel Johnson lived in the 1700s and was best known for his essays, poetry and sermons. Johnson even influenced Jane Austen's writing style and philosophy.
What he says here rings true for me... writers whether they wrote long ago or today have a great deal of power. Their words shape the thinking and view points of the readers.
For example, let's say we were against the slave trade a few hundred years back. We could write a book from the point of a slave or a slave owner and make the characters ones we relate to or feel sorry for. If we write enough books with subtle situations describing the follies of a certain course, we can shape the society that reads our work. Many, including Samuel Johnson, did such with their writings.
Many topics off-limit and banned to readers years ago have become a norm because literature has made it acceptable. Example, Harry Potter.
Now, how does a writer make familiar things new?
Through the creativity of the writer, we can make a walk through a park full of love, laughter, murder, mystery, suspense, or even a thought-provoking take on life.
We can take a simple balloon ride and change the lives of many...(Black Dogs by McEwan)
What is your take on this quotation?