There are two common interests my dad and I share: music and books.
There are two things my dad and I almost always disagree on: music and books.
It's sad, really.
I mean, we agree on common stuff, like the Beatles. And the Bible. That's about where our tastes diverge.
We're both on an unofficial mission to convert each other to the "right" side now. I recommend books to him. He makes me listen to his music. Sometimes something sticks, and sometimes it doesn't.
This isn't a bad thing, though. We have lively discussions. Chairs are thrown! Decorative pillows are ripped! Windows beg for mercy!
Okay, no. But, we do enjoy the lively discussions.
I was thinking about this in relation to writing. I would love to be the next amazing whoever, but the only thing I can be is myself. I'm the only one who can write like me and that's so awesome.
Regina Spektor doesn't sing like Colbie Caillat. If she did, people would probably rip decorative pillows, because come on, that would sound weird. They're totally different.
So, yo, Regina (or, you know, insert your name here), KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. Because when you make your voice do that weird cool thing like only you can do, we know can write that character with a funny little quirk. Or the plotline that some people might think is too out there, but that we can pull off.
Because WE ARE US, dang it!*
*eloquent bits of wisdom brought to you by Jeigh. Keep being yourself.