Thursday, 19 November 2015

Originality

Something to ponder on this Thursday morning...

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. HERMAN MELVILLE

I've been watching a lot of detective shows recently and besides the great story lines and trying to figure out whodunnit, the one thing I've noticed is that all the leading Chief Inspectors stick their necks out to get to the heart of the murder case/s. They put themselves, their reputation, their life and their career on the line when they get a hunch. Most of the time they get away with it (of course, this is fictional television) and it leaves me with the feeling that to get anywhere, you need to be gutsy. You need to push the boundaries. Dare to go where no man or woman has gone before kind of stuff.

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try new things with your writing. Be a leader, not a follower.