Happy Monday, everyone!
"Writing" is such an inadequate word to describe what we do, isn't it?
More and more I realize that the true challenge of what we do is to invent, develop, and crystallize ideas. Every time we choose a word we force an amorphous idea into a box and set it on display to be scrutinized. We've debated the concept of originality before--as well as its importance. But, for me, the truth is that we are constantly tapping into our originality, as the simple attempt to string together words and sentences and paragraphs forces us to create new ideas. If the same two writers were to start with the same vocabulary, the same characters, and the same scenes, I'd argue that organizing those individual pieces into a story forces us to come up with something that has never been done before.
We should be proud of this skill we have because it doesn't come easily. To be able to write words on a page requires mental discipline and versatility that not everybody has. Hooray!
This is also an opportunity for us to respect and acknowledge the ideas of others to the best of our ability. So often we are influenced by the ideas of others that come to us every day through the form of words. Most likely we're so influenced by every one else's ideas that we will rarely be able to really know where the seeds of our creativity were first planted. They grow and tangle within our minds, roots and shoots, so that everything we do is simultaneously our own as well as replicas of one another.
I'm grateful that we as writers and bloggers are willing to toss ideas around and share our stories. They are an opportunity for us to learn and grow.
Thanks, peeps. Don't forget to back up your stories!