On this wonderful Wednesday, I searched for something funny and entertaining but still a tie-in for writing and I think this video is just that. As I read the other day on a very informative blog, one of the myths every writer should confront is that their book is a wholly and totally original idea. As has been said many times before, There’s nothing new under the sun and this definitely applies to writing. It took me a few days to fully absorb that fact as I was perhaps feeling like I really had come up with a pretty unique concept (don’t get me wrong, I still think my book is pretty darn good), just maybe not the first and only time someone had a thought similar to it. But my voice, plot and characters do make my book different and hopefully a very enjoyable read.
The video below is from an Australian comedy band (like an Australian Tenacious D) and it illustrates how almost every popular song from pop to rock in the past 30 years has been written using the same four chords. So although the base for each song is the same, it’s the way those chords are arranged, what lyrics are written for them and who sings those lyrics that make each song its own special piece of art. So, if you’re feeling a little like I was once it sunk in I hadn’t had the first original thought in a gajillion years and that maybe your book won’t have a shot because of it, watch the video below and realize that as long as you put YOU in your work, it will be wonderfully distinct! (Also if you just want to hear A LOT of popular songs and need a laugh, feel free to watch the video too!)