March 30, 2015

Motivation Monday: George Orwell

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”

George Orwell  (1903-1950), a pseudonym for Eric Blair, wrote six novels, including the still widely read Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. He also wrote three nonfiction books, hundreds of articles, and dozens of poems, screenplays, and short stories. 

Fun Facts about George Orwell:
  • Animal Farm made him famous in 1945. His first professional article was published in 1928. That's seventeen years of writing professionally before finally making it big!
  • Was a police for five years in Burma.
  • Married twice, had lots of affairs, and one adopted son whom he adored.
  • Was superstitious and had small blue circles tattooed on each knuckle to ward off evil spirits.
So What?
So, go be driven by your demons! There's no logical reason why someone would put themselves through the torture of writing, but since you can't resist the torture, go do it!

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