I used to think writing a book meant you had to create something new. This idea made writing much more challenging. But soon I discovered that most stories have been re-told time and again.
From the books we read to the movies we watch, something tells us we have seen it before. Creation is an act of building from the work of our predecessors.
Whenever we write, we pay homage to those who came before us. Writing a book isn’t something that happens in a vacuum. We build on the work of the past, celebrating the old by creating something new.
Storytelling is combining different ideas, thoughts, images, and sounds from the stories our minds have absorbed over the years.
Many writers don’t like sharing their creative process because they fear others will copy them, stealing the muse they protect like their careers depend on it.
But it isn’t a secret how writers create their work. Their muse is all around them. The world is ripe with content just waiting to be combined, stretched and crafted into our vision for the story we share with our readers.
If you’re struggling to start the first page, just think about the stories which inspired you to write in the first place. Pay respect to the writers who paved the way for you. Creating something new is revisiting the tales that have stood the test of time.