Don’t worry about being original, she said dismissively. Yes, everything’s been written, but also, the thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. You writing it makes it possible.
Alexander Chen reminisces about studying with the inimitable Annie Dillard, who echoes Mark Twain’s contention that “all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources,” Alexander Graham Bell’s assertion that "our most original compositions are composed exclusively of expressions derived from others,” and young Virginia Woolf’s observation that "all the Arts … imitate as far as they can the one great truth that all can see.”explore-blog)
The idea of a concept being entirely original has always bothered me. I love this.
Good advice to any writers considering that road. I like the steadiness of a job and paycheck, but it’s always good to know freelancing is an option.
Good tips for building relationships with sources.
1. Embrace the small talk
2. Don’t be a stranger
3. What happens “off the record” stays “off the record”
4. Ask your sources to recommend more sources
5. Avoid getting too friendly with sources
PHOTO OF THE DAY: The 1997 LSU baseball team, behind All-American shortstop Brandon Larson, set a record for regular season wins with 45 before going on to win the CWS title. Last night, with an 11-2 victory over UNO, the 2013 Tigers broke that record, improving 46-7 for the school’s best record in history.
I’ll never forget watching Brandon Larson play. I grew up playing shortstop and idolized him. Never had his pop though, but not many did. 40 homers in a single season? Even with the bats back then, that’s crazy.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: A young Jamarcus Russell visits LSU during the 2002 season. Russell, then a senior at Williamson High School in Mobile, would go on to one of the greatest careers among quarterbacks in LSU history.
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