Welcome back to another #SensualSunday. I had several different ideas roaming around in my head for a post while I was working on my latest book. Quite frankly I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to do this week. Right up to the moment I saw some random comment on some random feed that yanked an idea up from the bowels of my brain and I knew, this was the one to write about.
As an author you write what you know, what you like, and what you feel strongly about. But what about taking on writing about something pretty much everyone has heard about, seen, or read? For example, fairy tales. Most of us know all the Disney-fied versions, some of us even know the original versions – the ones not safe before bedtime tales if you want the kids to actually sleep.
Many people claim that they’ve been done, or overdone as the case may be. Who cares? Those versions were not your version. All our voices are unique, like our lives and our paths to where we are right now. No two people look at the same thing the same way, we’re not built that way. If we were we wouldn’t have hundreds of artists, musicians, or authors. In that world, boring and dull as it would be, once something was done that would be it. That isn’t the world I want to live in.
Sticking with the fairy tales for the theme of this post, and my own sanity, I hear all too often that people think that once there’s a version, or two, or maybe even three that should be it. Why? Just because someone had a new spin on a fairy tale doesn’t mean you can’t tackle it either. Their version is not your version remember?
Is it daunting to take on a classic like a fairy tale and remake it into what you see in your head? Abso-fucking-lutely. Should you scrap it? Fuck no! Tell that fairy tale in your voice, through your eyes, and with your imagination and twists on the story. No one can tell you what to write, and if they do then it’s time to reevaluate their importance in your career path. Every single book you write, and story you tackle is a risk. But if you’re not taking those risks, exploring new things, and stretching yourself as an author than what are you doing here?
In my opinion there are no limits to how a fairy tale, or any other story, can be told. The only limits are the ones we place on ourselves. Don’t limit yourself, don’t stagnate – grow. Now get out of here and go enjoy the rest of the weekend.
XO Moira Callahan