This week: Trying To Be OriginalEdited by: W.D.Wilcox
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My goal is to create something original.
Trying to Write Something Original
We all want to write the next 'best-thing-ever'. How do you approach it? It's what I call, 'thinking outside the box'.
I remember as a kid watching 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' and hearing John Cleese say, "And now for something completely different." And it was different, completely different. I'd never seen anything like it on TV before. Another totally unique first is David Bowie's last album before he died, 'Black Star'. It is so original, creepy, but innovative. Innovation! That's what it's all about, right? The Beatles were great at that. They were responsible for so many innovations in music. In film, '2001: A Space Odyssey' was very original. Even 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' was something totally different.
But we're all about creative writing here. I'm sure you've heard it said so often, "It's all been done before: every book ideal, every musical piece. It's already been done." But has it? Every writer wants their material to be unique. Mary Shelly's, 'Frankenstein' was very original. Also, Bram Stoker's, 'Dracula'. Stoker presented his book as memoirs and diary entries. This was so totally different from anything else out there.
Which brings me around to 'S'. S is a 2013 novel written by Doug Dorst and conceived by J. J. Abrams. The novel is unusual in its format, and presented as a story within a story where readers have entered their thoughts and communiques via writing in the margins of a library book, and then returning it back to the library. The book is filled with little scraps of paper and a map, and a post card.
Another innovative book is, 'House of Leaves' by Mark Z. Danielewski written in 2000. This book has got at least 3 stories going on at the same time. There are stories in the multiple footnotes, the story of a blind man who somehow wrote about a film, and the story of the actual film itself. Creepy doesn't describe this book. Maybe haunting would be better. Now I did something similar to this back in 2006 with "The Photograph of Carolina Stump" . It's a story within a story. So it's not a completely original idea but the way these books are put together with their inserted papers and notes written on pieces of napkin are pretty cool.
Do yourself a flava and check these out. It'll be well worth your time. It's something creative and completely different. Seriously, good stuff.
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Lilli, the Coffee Elf ☕️
"Where's the worst possible place you can think of to die? " Well, after reading all of your examples, wherever I die I definitely want to be wearing clothes!
I think dying by fire is the worst. That’s why the Buddhist monk in Vietnam putting himself on fire in protest and then sitting unmoving was such a mind blowing sight. The worst place I can think of might be to be tied down on top of a fire ant nest.
The story of Abelard Hattensperger's demise does at least prove that the Germans do have a sense of humour. Only they could come up with the name "Biggesee" for a lake.
As for the worst place to die, I think your story of the bathroom would indicate a pretty embarrassing place to do so. Perhaps worse, however, would be within a pace or two of the Fountain of Eternal Youth.
And, once again, I must thank you for including something of mine in your Editor's Picks, this time my poem, "Beyond the Grave."
The body parts were found frozen in the lake ice. The blocks were cut to be used for the Winter Carnaval Ice Palace. There were more body parts found in nets at the bottom of the lake. Beneath the Ice by C.M. Weaver
Next Month's Question: What is the most unique book you have ever read?
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