This month's question: It's been said that the benefit of becoming a writer who does not read is that all your ideas are new and original. Everything you do is an extension of yourself, instead of a mixture of you and another author. On the other hand, how can you expect other people to want your writing, if you don't enjoy reading? What are your thoughts?
They also say that no one's ideas are new and original, that everything's already been done. I love Studio C's take on it, demonstrating how we can take things that on the surface are similar but in the end are very different.
And let's be real. People had to read books in school. They've seen movies. They've heard stories told by other people. To claim they can write a story that's not been influenced in some way by another story isn't something I can buy.
Humans, by nature, love story. I've learned so much about WRITING and the crafting of words (not just the stories themselves) because I'm a voracious reader.
What about you? Which camp are you in?