Wednesday, November 16, 2011
One of my favorite quotes is from my Theatre Education teacher. She must have said this a thousand times over the course of the semester.
"You're only as good as who you steal from."
This statement is a hundred percent true. As writers, we very often talk about finding an 'original' idea, making our stories 'unique.'
The truth? There is no 'original' idea. Our ideas are a sum of everything we've experienced in our lives up to that point.
You can argue with me all you want, but think about your idea for your story. Where did it come from? You were most likely watching something, or reading a book, or talking about something with your friends, and this idea came into your mind. It was a result of something else--it didn't just appear out of nowhere.
This is even true for dreams. Though they can seem to come out of nowhere, science proves that your subconscious controls what you dream about, no matter how weird that dream may be.
Is this a bad thing? Heck, no! We take the best of so many things, and we put our own spin on it.
Because guess what? Even though there are no 'original' ideas, every human being is original! We are all unique! There is no one else, and never will be anyone else, who is just like you!
So the idea may not be 'original.' The story may not be 'unique.' But your style is!
You can do it. I believe in you!
Posted by Hermana Tiffany Garner at 12:48 AM