Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Joss Whedon

Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

Joss Whedon

I like this quote, and to a certain extent, I write for many of the same reasons. It certainly gives me strength, and a sense of freedom; a way to understand and interpret the world around me.

I was a confident, happy child. I remember being happy, and I have photographic evidence – I always had a big, beaming smile on my face. I’m not going to lie to you, I loved being the centre of attention; loved meeting people, talking to people, entertaining people. I loved the world around me in general. Then as a teenager I was abducted by aliens and during the experimentation process I lost that side of my nature. Well, it was either aliens, or puberty – one or the other. I became an introvert overnight and withdrew into myself. It’s hard for me to remember what it was like to hear the characters in my head when I was a child, because I know that I did. I wrote poems, stories, plays, anything I could, to feed my creative side. But I didn’t shut out the world. That came later. I didn’t lose everything. I’m still quick to smile, still quick to trust and I love entertaining people, only now it’s through my words.

I find it interesting that, as an interpreter, I’m often front and centre; in a classroom, on a stage, in a meeting, and I’m extremely confident in my skills. It doesn’t phase me, but then the reason is pretty simple. It’s a role I step into. Writing on the other hand, feels like the real me. So while I can appreciate what Josh means when he talks about creating characters, those roles he gets to play if only in fiction, for me it’s also about showing who I truly am.

What about you? Why do you write? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.


36 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Joss Whedon

  1. Olga says:

    Thanks for sharing that quote. It made me think that there are probably so many subtle variation of reasons why we humans turn to writing for self-expression. Some write to change the world, some write to entertain, some write to tell their story and the list goes on and on. I write because it brings me joy.

  2. wendyannedarling says:

    Wow, Melissa!

    This one got my wheels turning… both the quote and your post! I’ve got 2 daughters who love nearly everything Whedon’s been a part of – and then, there’s me. Me who can be so very full of words which overflow out of my head onto the page but rarely out of my mouth and into others’ ears.

    I think I write because I am emotionally strangled. Thank God I have a computer and can type!

    Thanks for a great post!

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy. I have two daughters as well, though I’m the Joss Whedon fan in the family! I dragged them along to the Avengers movies, and they didn’t protest so maybe I’m rubbing off on them!

      I can completely relate to your writing experience. Words pour onto the page far easier than they do from my lips. It’s a blessing though, and one which has its own rewards because I get to connect with people who understand 😀

      1. wendyannedarling says:

        I recently started watching ‘Buffy’ on Netflix – at the insistence of my youngest daughter, but I may have to stop… man, am I having some weird dreams! 😀 Trouble is, I only watch at night, before I go to sleep.

  3. Silver Threading says:

    Mel, what an excellent quote and your commentary was fabulous. Now, I know what happened to those 4 daughters of ours! When they hit puberty they abducted by aliens too!!! LOL. Isn’t it interesting how we tend to withdraw inside ourselves in order to bring out our creativity? I am always amazed and I seem to get more and more introverted as I age. Interesting. I can really relate to this quote. Wow. Powerful!! ❤

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      Thank you, Colleen. It means a lot that you understand. I think we do withdraw into ourselves, and for a number of reasons. You made me chuckle about your daughters. I am still in awe of the fact you raised four daughters and a son. My girls are my absolute pride and joy, but those teenage years…they’re rough on mother and daughter both! I’m glad you liked the quote ❤

      1. Silver Threading says:

        Mel, all this grey hair is a direct result of 5 kids! LOL! I totally understand. Just make sure to come out and visit once in a while. I would miss your company. 😀

      2. mbarkersimpson says:

        Ha! It’s the colour of hard-work, dedication and heaps of joy 😉 I’ll always make time for my friends, especially those who accept and understand that I spend a little too much time in my own world! ❤

  4. Silver Threading says:

    I just noticed that you took away the “like” button. I am thinking of doing the same thing. How has that worked for you?

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      It’s still there, but it’s not easy to find! For some reason the post theme puts it right at the top on the left hand side in its own widget area. I haven’t had as many likes, but more comments – so I might keep the theme for a while (though I’m not sure I like it) and test it out a little longer 😀

      1. Silver Threading says:

        I like your theme. I might try it out myself. 🙂 I really think I want to ditch the like button. 😀

      2. mbarkersimpson says:

        It will be interesting to see what happens. Thanks for the feedback on the theme – sometimes they take me a while to get used to and other times I don’t use them properly. But I’m getting better at formatting 😀

      3. Silver Threading says:

        I really do like yours. I might be a copy cat and copy you. I am thinking about it. ❤

      4. mbarkersimpson says:

        I hope you do. I love how you layout your site, and have enjoyed the changes so far, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy the next one too. You’re so creative ❤

  5. Vashti Quiroz-Vega says:

    Hi Melissa! I love the quote. I write for those reasons and more. Writing is to me what honey is to bees. I think I take most pleasure in writing for entertainment though. Great post. 😀

    1. mbarkersimpson says:

      Thank you, Vashti 😀 I can completely relate to that analogy – I’m drawn to writing too. As Melissa means honey bee in Greek, perhaps writing is my nectar of choice!

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