Then either you can’t express it well or someone with a larger soap-box comes along and says it before you can,
You have a moment of “ah-ha! I really am so brilliant!” and then “Damn! but now I can’t take credit because he said it first.”
This affirmingly frustrating situation happened to me recently.
Good writers read.
I re-tweeted Jeff Goins the other night (MT=Modified Tweet, I changed his a little):
His article makes the case that reading makes you a better writer. Not exactly groundbreaking material here and I promise that isn’t my entire brilliant idea.
I got a response saying simply: “data?”
At first I was going to dismiss it (troll?!) but I reconsidered. Sure, there is abounding anecdotal account of reading influencing great writers but is it a truism or actually true? Is there data to show causality?