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Wrap Your Head Around This:

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

Source: Wrap Your Head Around This:

I used to live not far from Kitty Hawk. It can be very windy there, which certainly helped that first flight.

When you get to the reblogged site, follow one of the links (YouTube or the podcast), and learn about another way to think about creativity.

I think this is important for writers – especially Indie Authors – because of the frequency with which they can be afflicted by “imposter syndrome.”

Almost nothing has never been done before.

While it’s important to strictly avoid plagiarizing anyone else’s work, nobody has a copyright on ideas. This means that it’s not trite to write in a particular genre, or even just to tell a new story that entails the concepts “Boy Meets Girl,” “The Little Tailor,” or “Gains the World but Loses Own Soul.”

You’re not an “imposter” because you didn’t invent a completely new genre. By telling your own story idea, the one that sprouted between your own ears, you’re innovating: doing something that improves the genre in which you’re writing, because it involves an aspect of that kind of story that hasn’t been told before.

So don’t let anybody (even your inner editor) tell you that you’re an imposter. Write what the Muse is bugging you about. Write according to the concept or genre you’ve chosen (or which has chosen you!). Write using the best grammar and punctuation you can command. Write by using the whole descriptive lexicon of your language – including adverbs!

Just write! Polish it up. And then publish!

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My apologies if this meme has been passed around too often already . . . .

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Cake Stories.

Shopping for and reading books just got even better! 😉

Chicago Review of Books

Fifteen years ago, at an event promoting her new young adult novel, Hillary Frank smiled for the camera and leaned closer to the other star of the night – a giant cake modeled after the book. The blue-and-black cake looked like a larger-than-life-sized copy of her book, I Can’t Tell You. To a packed house at The Book Cellar, then a fledgling shop in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Frank talked about her book and then the crowd ate it up.

The author “was floored” when she first saw it. Thus began a decades-long Book Cellar tradition, in which the store’s owner, Suzy Takacs, commissions large, hyper-realistic book cakes to serve during author events one-to-four times a month for over a decade.

“We had cake and wine and it felt like a real book party,” Frank wrote in an email. “Like, I conquered this book so hard that I am literally…

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