Why do many of us find it easier to fit in, to be the same as everyone else?
I’d much rather be different. To stand out from the crowd.
Look at this bluebell, or should I say ‘pink bell’.
Walking in the woods on Saturday I noticed him immediately, standing proudly there inside a sea of blue. Yet, he was definitely stronger and sturdier than his blue brothers. Yes, he stood out from the crowd. But he boldly basked in his difference.
Often, new writers tell me that they are writing a book but that they refuse to be influenced by other similar books and so they do not read them. They prefer to stay pure, untainted.
I think that is foolish. I believe that we writers need to first compare ourselves to the others out there ‘like us’ and then, armed with that knowledge, we can move forward to write our books ‘our way’.
Undoubtedly, this bluebell was influenced by his blue peers. He grows and flourishes alongside them. He wants to be compared to his brothers. But it is only by standing next to them that he can truly show his uniqueness.