July 6, 2012 by musehick
So, in order to produce a lot of written work you have probably read somewhere that you need to consume a disproportionately larger amount of the written word put out by other people. Well, I have done this and I know others have done the exact opposite some people think that it is almost impossible to read the work of another writer and not end up, even in some unconscious way, mimicking the way that that writer writes.
Even if I am inspired I can’t seem to replicate exactly what it is that I have read and I can honestly say that I have no problem with this at all. It is precisely my failure to replicate what it is that I read which introduces the foibles and idiosyncrasies which make my work unique, a strange silver lining to find? Maybe, but it is the truth.
Today, inspired by last night’s watching of ‘When You’re Strange’, I decided to have a Door’s day on Spotify, and Doors music always get me thinking – roll in a wonderfully elegiac scene from Hellboy 2 where he shoots a woodland spirit in the head, and I kind of half-formulated an ecological thriller. I loved the way Knights of Pendragon did that back in the nineties and used Arthurian legend to spotlight current issues, and there is a temptation to use something along those lines to hang a story on, but the thought that was a direction I was moving in makes me want to veer away from that; not that I necessarily will.
I wrote some more of Warhole yesterday, and the ideas keep coming. It’s fun.