Tuesday, February 28, 2012
So, You're Unique...?
My seventeen year old artist cousin came over to visit on my birthday. We got to talking about art, as we often do, and he asked me a question I haven't been able to get out of my mind:
"What makes your writing unique?"
I laughed at first and blurted out, "Nothing, absolutely nothing."
We both enjoyed a chuckle over my response and went on to talk of other things. The question, however, is not one I am able to rid myself of easily. What does make me different? How can I possibly show my work to an editor and have a "pick me" attitude?
I see my writing and have a fondness for some of it. The other pieces I am not fond of that I still send out have some form of merit to them. But, no matter what I try, I cannot pin down why I am not just some cookie-cutter cretin.
I don't copy others readily in hopes to get rich. I experiment with different styles and am always learning but it doesn't make me unique as all writers do it, or should. So... hmmmm.
What makes YOU unique? Maybe your answer can help me with mine.