Great Quotes About Writing – The Importance of Leaving Some Things A Mystery

There are a lot of great quotes about writing out there; these are some of the most insightful, thought-provoking, or ‘ah ha!’ ones I’ve come across.

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‘You ruin anything when you explain it too much, from JK Rowling’s daily revisions of Harry Potter to how you made the ribs so tender and spicy, but not TOO tender and spicy.

There’s magic in the mystery, and as a creator you inspire your audience to stretch their imaginations and invent their own stories and explanations. By that, you also give your creation its own life beyond your own abilities.

When I was a kid, I had my own story about how Leia knew Vader, and what the Clone Wars were, or what Jabba the Hutt looked like. What happened at Ord Mantell with the bounty hunter? I had a story. What did the gang do after defeating the Empire? So many stories…’

-Chairman Kaga, from this thread (emphasis mine)

Favorite Moments: IT + The Lord of the Rings

We all have our favorite moments in movies, books, and games, moments that stay with us long after the story is over. This column is my attempt to examine my favorite moments and see why they stick with me.

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The video:

Why it’s great:

Today’s video is a great example of fans taking two unrelated franchises and combining them to create something new and fascinating. In this case, combining the Lord of the Rings trilogy with the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ to create a version of Middle Earth where the greatest threat isn’t an evil ring, but an evil clown.

While it’s amusing to see Gandalf getting creeped out at seeing Pennywise, or Frodo shaking as a bloody balloon floats his way, what’s great about this crossover is how it stimulates the imagination into thinking how Middle-Earth would react to the presence of such an evil, shape-shifting entity from Earth. Would Gandalf be able to deafeat him? What would Pennywise do if he got the Ring? What would happen if he and Sauron got into a fight?

The best fiction, in my opinion, invites our imaginations to play around with wondering what might happen beyond the pages or the screen. We only get a few snippets of Pennywise interacting with the Fellowship and the denzins of Middle-Earth here, but it’s fun to wonder what might happen if he met other characters or went to places not shown in the video, and a reminder that writers don’t have to show or explain everything: Leaving some blank spots for our readers to fill in for themselves lets them conjure exciting scenarios and ideas beyond what we could ever hope to put on the page or on the screen.