Like that one guy said: Good writers borrow, great writers steal. Welcome to the place where all things have been lifted, looted, and otherwise pilfered…Remember, possession is 9/10s of the law.
I was at work the other day and flipped through a book of “Ancient Wisdom.” Inside there was a quote from some brilliant Greek philosopher (I think he was Greek) that went along the lines of this:
“If you want to be a good reader: read. If you want to be a good writer: write.”
Now, before everyone thinks that I’m about to defend reading as a good tool for writers, let me ask a slightly different question:
Do better writers really write more? Does quantity count–because inevitably a writer will hit on something worthwhile, or because the lessons are learned faster with the larger quantity of words? Can you discover that one author is ‘better’ than another (more successful, more lauded) simply by looking at the amount of words they’ve put out over their lifetime–or lack thereof?