Guess what? This is a post about writing. I know, I know, I know. It's been awhile. I was thinking of how I shape myself as a writer.
I believe the stories we experience, watch, and read, become a little part of us. I believe every author we read influences us, shapes us, even changes us. Sometimes imperceptibly, sometimes in big ways.
Just like Les Miserables, which, God help me, has TOO MANY WORDS! And Jane Eyre, which I have been continually reading for about a year now, over and over.
Sometimes, I find myself watching or reading stories I wouldn't, except that I feel it needs to be part of me, as a writer. Sometimes I watch or read them multiple times, because they need to be a bigger part of me.
It's not like I try to actively learn from them, although sometimes I do. I just need them to settle into my subconscious and be part of me. And sometimes I have to look after the whole, make sure the balance is precisely me.
But it's not like Moonstruck, which I've seen a million times. That movie has become a micro-piece of myself, not necessarily a piece of me, the writer. If that makes sense.
Does this make any sense? Does this sound crazy? Do you watch the balance of your "writing food?" Do you sometimes seek out movies or books because you want them to become part of you? Do you ever re-watch and re-read, not necessarily because you want to re-watch or re-read it, but because you want it to be a bigger part of who you are as a writer?
While we're at it, how do you shape yourself as a writer?