Last week I talked about what I considered iconic. I said that's probably all any creator wants - to create something that people remember, that sticks with them. I know it's what I want.
But is there more?
I've been reading a lot more lately. It takes a bit of forcing, honestly, since mostly, I'd rather be writing.
But I've come to realize I can't create in a bubble, and there's too much to learn from all the books that are already written. I can't ignore them anymore. I can't rest on my "I've been a voracious reader my whole life and can take a break from consuming to create" laurels anymore.
There are too many beautiful things to read in the world. I can't close myself off from them because I'm afraid I won't measure up.
I made a new friend this week. We'd been acquaintances for a few weeks before we discovered we were both writers. She asked to read my book; I asked to read her screenplay. We found other bizarre things in common.
She sent me a copy of her screenplay, and I opened it with trepidation. I so wanted to like it, but sometimes when you exchange work with a new friend, it can go wrong. So very wrong. The writing can make you cringe. It can make you regret requesting it.
This...was not one of those times.
Instead, I read something beautiful. Something relevant. Something with just a touch of magic, and a ton of love.
It was amazing.
And now, I'm feeling SO inspired. Because if writing like that exists in this world, then I thrilled to be a part of it, both creating and consuming. It's a beautiful world in which to live.