Sunday, 4 May 2014

Writing - Inspiring writers

Jules Verne (1828 - `905)

A real foot in the door of being able to claim that he was one of the first SF writers. A French novelistpoet, and playwright best known for his adventure novels and his profound influence on the literary genre of science fiction.

Which child has not read the books or seen the films of 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days? A true set of classics that have been translated, reprinted and re-filmed countless times. In fact the Frenchman wrote more than 70 novels and is one of the most translated authors of all time.

Verne is also a hero of the keyboard playing songwriter, Rick Wakeman

Wakeman says of Verne,
'I love someone who sticks at what they believe in, regardless of what everyone says. My favourite saying is "Success is buried in the garden of failure" - and Verne just dug until he found it'

Really this is the case for all writers who have yet to achieve great success and mirrors the saying that 'success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration'
If you are a writer you will know the drug-like quality of the art that keeps driving you on to keep writing irrespective of any material gain. You will also understand the futility in trying to stop!

And some of Wakeman's words from his 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'

The Journey

By horse, by rail, by land, by sea, our journey starts
Two men incensed by one man's journey from the past
In Iceland, where the mountain stood with pride
They set off with their guide
To reach the mountain side

Roped as one for safety through the long descent
Into the crater of volcanic rock they went
Look up from our telescopic lens,
One star for us to share,
We continue on our prayer.

Crystals of opaque quartz, studded limpid tears,
Forming magic chandeliers, lighting blistered galleries.

God Bless