Creating vs Uncovering a Story
January 7, 2018
Author: Bianca Yang
The writer’s job is to create a plot which is natural. Everything happens out of necessity, not out of the author’s whim. The author’s role is as Peter Beagle said in his quote which prefaces The Hobbit: “For in the end it is Middle-earth and its dwellers that we love, not Tolkien’s considerable gifts in showing it to us. I said once that the world he charts was there long before him, and I still believe it.” The author’s role is to uncover a story that has always existed, for nothing is new under the sun.
The idea of uncovering a story jives with Louis CK’s quote on boredom:
“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”
The inside of your own mind is endless. It contains infinite versions of stories, just waiting for you to uncover them in that special way only you can do.
Don’t worry about being creative. Creativity is just a muscle that you have to exercise to get better at. Think of it at going on an adventure through your mind. At first, you will strain to hear and see the subtle signs which hint at interesting paths through your consciousness. Eventually, you will learn to recognize how to get where you want creatively. Work on building good habits that will enhance your creativity and getting rid of those which are holding you back.
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