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📅 Thought for today:

‘The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.’

— Sir William Golding

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Golding wrote “Lord of the Flies” in 1954, and I remember reading it sometime in the 1970s.

As you would expect, as a teenager, the book left a big impression on me.

And even today, working as I do with people who wear masks, I think it is keenly observed and still interesting.

The early drafts had a different title, “Strangers from Within” and was described by one publisher as “Rubbish & dull. Pointless”.

Yet another example of a popular piece of creative work being rejected (at first).

The draft was edited and renamed “Lord of the Flies” by Monteith and the rest is history.

I was drawn to the quote initially because of the human tendency to wear masks to hide shame, however, I also realised that as the date draws closer for me to pitch my own book draft to agents next month I am confident that regardless of the response I have created something worthwhile.

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