"When everyone in the community reads the same books, you can an inward-looking, intellectually impoverished community that can only contemplate its own navel."
Most projects don't end up anywhere near where they start out, and for good reasons.
The idea that you have to guard your story ideas, lest someone steal them, is a pernicious myth.
How everything from 'The Battle Of Algiers' to 'Soul Eater' fed into the making of my new novel.
How I've tried to avoid using the template of a real-world story for my own fiction.
How everything from 'Dune' and 'Tron: Legacy' to 'Cowboy Bebop' fed into 'Flight Of The Vajra'.
How everything from research on cults to classic shōjō manga fed into 'Welcome To The Fold.'
How everything from 'The Stars My Destination' to 'Streets Of Fire' (and even 'Justice League', in a negative way!) fed into the making of my new novel.
A rundown of some of the other stories and films that influenced 'Hammer''s growth and direction.
With your sources for a story, it ain't where you start, it's where you end up, and how you get there.
On defending that original burst of inspiration to the death.
"Don't worry about someone stealing your good ideas. Worry about someone stealing your bad ones!"
"The best way to write fiction is to read, watch, and listen to anything but fiction." I am not sure that it is the best way, but I think it is ultimately one of the most valuable.
People aren't flowers, of the hothouse variety or otherwise, and neither are artists.
More on why "I could do that, too" is an impulse to grow past.
If my theories about the movie prove wrong, I can make hay from them. I've done it before.
How to work with all those ideas swimming around in your head.
Cloning isn't a creative act.
On finding the real source of inspiration inside someone else's work.
On making a *constructive* argument for creative snobbery.
Spontaneous creativity is a grail for creators, but what precisely is in that particular cup?
Francis Ford Coppola once said, "I like all kinds of films, but what I really want is to be moved by a film, to feel as I've never felt, to see things I've never seen before." Before I go any...