I love quotes. The truly immortal ones distill truths to their essence and say them in such a way as to help us remember. Every time I’ve started a book, I’ve been lucky enough to stumble upon a quote that just fits so, so well with the theme I’m going for. Remembering these quotes often helps me when I feel like inspiration is letting me down, or when I feel like I’ve lost the plot.
For example, the quote for CHANGELING was from actress Rachel McAdams and says,
“I’ve discovered as I’ve grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you’re a kid. It isn’t just a straightforward fairytale.”
This sums up the entire story of CHANGELING. Fairytales aren’t what they seem on the surface. As a kid, every girl dreams of being a long-lost fairy princess… But what would the reality be like? Even growing up, becoming a teenager and eventually an adult, isn’t the happily-ever-after you think it’ll be as a kid. Tinsley’s parents are going through this as adults. Tinsley is going through it as a teenager. The only person who isn’t really going through it yet is Tinsley’s little sister Phoebe, but she sees it around her and you can surmise she’ll know before too long. But even though the fairytale isn’t straightforward, you can still make a life for yourself. You can still fight through and make a good place.
The next quote I found is less literal that the last, but it’s so perfect for book #2 in the Faewyld series FIRESTARTER.
“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”
And finally I stumbled across this Shakespeare quote in Antony & Cleopatra and I just knew it was perfect for book #3, REGNANT.
“Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.”
What about you? Do you have quotes that stand out and help keep you on track?