one of the better responses i’ve read to the it’s-not-worth-it-if-you’re-not-coming-up-with-something-original arguments that i have heard a LOT in the last 20 months or so. (i refuse to say two years. i have not yet been working on this for two years. i’ll say two years when it really is two years and not a minute sooner.)
thank you monology for the link.
which is exactly what i start to say, but i forget names and dates and so it always comes out as a petulant “but, like, most of literature is reworking something familiar, all this originality talk is, like, recent, really modern, you know, the way ‘childhood’ is a recent thing . . . really not that long ago . . .” and then i wrinkle my nose and spend the rest of the day mumbling writers’ names to myself and thinking of zingier comebacks for Next Time. but now i have a cheat sheet! watch out, naysayers.