7 Responses to Stealing the Fantastic From History: Ancient Assyria, Star Wars and the Unending Well of the Creative

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and
    I am waiting for your next write ups thank you once again.

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  4. You’re right: all fiction is iterative, all of us standing on the shoulders of the giants that came before us. And history – both personal and global – is a boundless well from which to draw inspiration. As it is, everything around us is already an iteration of something historical.

    P.S. That’s some pollution in China. I hear it’s really bad there, especially right now.

    • Ciara Darren says:

      Thank you for reading. I love your word choice ‘boundless’. Might ‘steal’ it from you sometime 🙂

      The pollution in China is really bad. The day I took that picture was not the worst I saw. Actually, it was pretty light comparatively. Some days they shoot chemicals up in the air and you get blue skies but not all that often around Beijing. Other places are much better but all bets off on large cities.

  5. mobewan says:

    I’m only at #91 of the SPP, but noticed the stealing one the other day and was very tempted to jump ahead. May just do that now.

    I’m a thief too. Sometimes it worries me that readers will judge, especially self-published works, and be turned off. Believing that, to some degree, I’m trying to ‘cash-in’. But then I watch Son and Daughter play. They use their imagination, but so much of what they have learnt from books, from TV, comics and the like finds its way into their games. I think we all want to find something familiar in our entertainment. Makes the twists and turns so much more fun.

    Oh, and I love the phrase ‘creative bank’. My rather uninspiring Evernote notebook called ‘Story Ideas’ has just been renamed. So much cooler.

    • Ciara Darren says:

      Glad you got something out of this! Readers who judge will judge. Personally I feel we have to write for those who want to enjoy what we’re creating and let the rest find something else to fill their readers/kindle/nook, etc. We do want something familiar with our entertainment. I think that’s one of the reasons series do so well, even tie ins by other authors.

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