The reason famous authors always tell aspiring writers to read everything they can, is we learn—or should learn—what’s original and what’s not. Believing we just have think originally and we will is a type of blindness. It’s never that easy or that truthful. It’s nice to think we can all be original if we want is like saying, “My opinions are just as good as anybody else’s.” This is profoundly untrue as we’ve seen with President Trump. Opinions of any quality are well-researched, as is originality. It’s very hard work, and the reams and reams of badly written articles and books prove that originality is a lot harder to realize and create than people think. It’s a rarity, and we only see it through the maze of retold tales. Thanks for reading.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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