inspiring thievery

A few words of wisdom for all those struggling writers out there:

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees , clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.

And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate if it you feel like it. In any case remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”.

Not my words….Jim Jarmusch’s words.

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This entry was published on March 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm. It’s filed under Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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