Best Quotes from Christopher Paolini

I think I learned most from editing, both editing myself and having someone else edit me. It’s not always easy to have someone criticize your work, your baby. But if you can swallow your ego, you can really learn from the editing.

Christopher Paolini

I’m the sort of person that starts digging a hole and doesn’t stop until it’s finished.

Christopher Paolini

I built two forges when I was in my teens. I was just really, really into metalworking and making stuff.

Christopher Paolini

If I spent my time worrying about what other people would think of my work, I would be too self-conscious to write.

Christopher Paolini

I find inspiration in many places. Sometimes music gives me the kernel of a story. Sometimes it’s dissatisfaction with the plot of a movie or a book that gets me thinking. Sometimes it’s love of a movie or book.

Christopher Paolini

Basically, I would be happy with any profession where I got to be creative and make things.

Christopher Paolini

The advantage of writing from experience is that it often provides you with details that you would never think of yourself, no matter how rich your imagination. And specificity in description is something every writer should strive for.

Christopher Paolini

Just writing a lot doesn’t necessarily make you a better writer. You have to hear yourself as a writer, and the best way to do that is to read your writing out loud.

Christopher Paolini

I have 20 or 30 books completely plotted out in my mind – mysteries, thrillers, horror, romance, science fiction. You name it.

Christopher Paolini

I’ve stood outside my house in Montana looking at the northern lights… crackling against the night sky. To me, that’s magic.

Christopher Paolini

I’ve always been very grateful that enough people have enjoyed reading what I’ve written that I’ve been able to pursue writing professionally.

Christopher Paolini

I love telling stories and I love writing so the fact that I can do it professionally is something that I’ve always been very grateful for.

Christopher Paolini

If you want to be a professional writer then you need to write consistently. Inspiration strikes about once every blue moon which, for me, is once every two and a half to three months, which is when I’ll get really and truly inspired about something.

Christopher Paolini

Personally, I had a great education. My mum was a trained teacher, a Montessori teacher, and I know that I could not have written ‘Eragon’ if I had gone into a public school system because I would have just been too busy attending classes and doing homework – I wouldn’t have had the time to write.

Christopher Paolini

I don’t discuss my own beliefs in public, but I will say the beliefs I’ve given my characters do not necessarily represent what I myself believe.

Christopher Paolini

I had friends growing up; there were other home-schoolers we were in touch with so we weren’t isolated, and I’ve always been happy engaged in my own projects and pursuing my own goals.

Christopher Paolini