Inspiration: When the New and the Old Work Together

Read the other posts in the inspiration series!
1 - A Simple Guide to Outdoor Inspiration
2 - Quick Writes and Add-ons
3 - Photography Writing

Although I may not be an expert author, I know that one of the most threatening factors of starting a new book is probably the writing style or genre of the piece. While this is a bit more prominent of a feeling when referring to older books because of their older English standards, literature is constantly changing day by day, without question. Generally, I like to look at change as it’s a good thing, but in this case it is actually restricting potential reading experiences from captivated bookworms.


The picture above is what originally inspired me to publish this post. An 1800s-esque car revamped (by yours truly) into a swanky citrus vehicle. Looks and “hip terms” aside, the green-and-orange color scheme that invades the black-and-white background goes to show that mixing the old with the new can have a great outcome. But what does this simple coloration have to do with writing?

Books such as War and Peace that have been translated hundreds of times from their original counterpart have improved the accuracy, spelling, and grammar of one another every single time, making the publication more readable for each and every new generation of people. Just as how extraordinary the final product of the book was in 1869, the future translations were bound to show how such a timeless classic could still hold up with a few touches of new.

I’ve learned from past experiences how new writers (very new, maybe fourth grade or so) tend to think that using complicated and lengthy words that were more common in the nineteenth century will instantly make their school paper a masterpiece. But no matter how hard a person tries to make this rule seem logical, their piece could probably be both easier to read and write after mixing in their own modern style.

When you’re done reading this post, I want you to take a few minutes from your busy day and think about what you’ve made in your life that could use a little taste of modern. And if you have a paper you’re working on, I highly recommend that you use this post as inspiration. Of course, feel free to email your responses to!

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