Another thing you here a lot of writers blathering on about is books. “Oh, I just love books, the feel of them, the smell, I collect hundreds, thousands, would like nothing more than to be buried beneath a mountain of books.”
Well, I’ve realized that I hate books. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading a book. But there’s a real importance in number here. Like anything, when they swarm in great numbers books are threatening, disturbing, even disgusting.
One of the worst things a writer can do, in fact, is walk into a library. Have an idea? Guess what you’re likely to find it here. That novel title you just came up with? It’s been used twice.
And this isn’t just about all the “anxiety of influence” crap. You can accept that there is nothing knew under the sun, and be OK with that, and yet still be terrified of libraries, not just because you’re idea’s been done before, but because millions of other ideas you were too stupid to think up were done before as well.
It’s not so much the books you’ve read either. It’s easy to read a book, toss it aside and conclude that your writing is better, but then there are all those books you haven’t read. Surely somewhere in those stacks of sagging shelves there leans at least one masterpiece that would make irrelevant all present past and future scribblings that bear your name.
Anyone who can look at a library and think that the world has any need for them to write even a single word is delusional, egomaniacal, or just plain stupid.
My suggestion to any writer then would be to deal with books only one at a time. Never own any, lest your personal library overwhelm you with crippling reminders of your own inadequacy, and never actually visit the library yourself. Hire some one to check out books for you one at a time, and sleep happy in the illusion that what your reading right now is all there is, and surely you can do better than that.
Chuck Palahniuk's " Zombie " mixes teenage lobotomies and airport crowds to revel in the zombie-like compulsions that inexplic...
What the hell is this? Does anyone else hate the colors? What should I be writing about in the Daily Brain Dump? I started this whole thing...
OK, I know how you feel. You downloaded a song you love, you read a story that changed your life, or you watched some videos that brought yo...
Charlie Smith argues that Google should take immediate steps to prevent China from censoring the Web in " Google could end China's ...
Good News: The project still feels exciting and fresh. Bad News: I've hit a major speed bump. Thus far only five songs are edited and...