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The challenge is set…
August 13, 2008, 11:24 am
Filed under: Telling stories, Writing

And what an interesting one it is.

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.” by Anais Nin

I found this today. Perhaps it seems obvious but then wise things always do, after you have read/heard them. I have often found my own work reminiscent of another story – this can be very disconcerting. But after reading this quote, I feel confident that the originality is in the new meaning rather than the scene itself.

Reader: if you are a writer, you should comment with a “familiar scene” and we could both write a short story and compare our “magic”. Even if you read this in a year’s time, feel free to set the brief.


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