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Re: conlanging and journaling

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, February 14, 2008, 15:59

On Tue, 12 Feb 2008 01:07:58 -0500, Rick Harrison wrote:

> On Mon, 11 Feb 2008 19:04:16 +0100, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> > wrote: > > >Yes. Old Albic would not be the way it is now without the online > >conlanging community. Many of its features are inspired by what > >I saw in other people's conlangs. Well, nobody exists in isolation; > >we are all influenced by what we see around us. > > True. However I often feel embarrassed, 10 or 20 years later, when I look > back on something I created and realize how intensely it was influenced > by what others were doing. For example _all_ of the poetry I wrote in my > early 20s was an echo of Samuel Delaney's novel _Dhalgren._ I can hardly > stand to look at it.
I know what you are talking about. I also have made things in the past that were too much influenced by someone else. Fantasy worlds that resembled Middle-earth, fantasy illustrations that resembled album covers by Roger Dean, and all that. There is nothing wrong with using someone else's work as a starting point, but at some point you ought to develop your own style.
> I fantasize about going into seclusion and trying to scrub all the > external influences out of my brain. (I wrote about it as the final entry > in my angsty personal blog at ) I guess > such a scrubbing is not really possible. sigh > > Jörg, do you ever _regret_ being influenced?
Depends on the influence. Among the projects I scrapped, there were a few which I scrapped because I came to the conclusion that they were too much of a rip-off of something else. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf