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Quote: C.S. Lewis on Originality

January 31, 2010

C. S. Lewis, famous as both the author of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and as a Christian Apologist, is one of the great classic fantasy authors.  Here’s something inspiring he said about originality in writing:

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

~C. S. Lewis

It’s often been said that every story that can be told has been told, or that there are only 36 plots or only 7 plots.  Whether any of that is true, though, new stories continue to be told.  Originality and creativity thrives.  What’s original, and meaningful, and gives the force of meaning to our writing is the presence of our own voice, and the conviction to write what you love and what you feel to be the truth.  Smart man, that C. S. Lewis.

Happy writing.

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