Yoda is my hero. He's wise, not afraid to show his age, and tough. Or maybe it's his green color…after all, I like Kermit too.
I'm especially enamored by his syntax. It resonates with me, since sometimes backwards I speak. Alone I am not. Understand me you will. Or maybe not.
Anyway, I've gathered together a few of Yoda's quotes which help me with my writing and I'd like to share them with you here.
"Do or do not. There is no try."
One of the hardest things for a writer to conquer is the dreaded blank page.
What this quote says to me – just fill it. You can fix it later.
"Named must your fear be before banish it you can."
Writers have phobias and fears in abundance, nebulous worries about our stories swirl in our heads, unidentifiable problems we can't control.
What this quote says to me – try to pinpoint what's bothering you instead of spinning your wheels.
"You must unlearn what you have learned."
What this says to me – know the rules before you break them.
"In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way."
What this says to me – learn something new each day.
"When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back."
What this says to me – don't wallow in negative emotions. If you're stuck in a rut, do something different to brighten your outlook.
"Ready are you? What know you of ready?"
What this says to me – have humility. There's always room for improvement.
"Always pass on what you have learned."
What this says to me – pay it forward. Help others along the way.
"PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE."
What is this "patience" you speak of? I don't think I've learned this one yet!
"On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain."
I try to keep this quote in mind for my characters while I'm writing. Everyone's experience in life is different and a story should reflect that same variance in the journey.
Can you apply any of these to your life in general? I know I can. That's why I love a nine-hundred-year-old, wrinkly, green dude so much. Yoda is my hero.
Laura Eno. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The author of fifteen novels and novellas ranging from fantasy to romance to horror, she also has stories included in nineteen published anthologies.
The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.