This is the quote I wrote on the board today at the beginning of class:
"You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you." ~Stephen King (On Writing)
It so eloquently states the entire reason I write. Because I've been "swept away" before, by authors, starting when I was a child and first fell in love with the written word. Now, as a writer, one of my main goals is to do for readers what's been done for me - I would love to sweep someone else away by my words. Let them fall in love with books, with the written word, just the way I did as a child and still do as an adult.
Sure, it's a lofty goal, and I'm not saying I'll ever achieve it. But I agree with Mr. King - you can't sweep someone else away until you've been swept away, yourself. I love the coming-full-circle of that statement. Delicious, isn't it?