Originality is lacking in our creative works
No work of art can be independent without an element of intertextuality. This is according to the Greek philosopher Plato. However, this does not warrant an author lifting almost every element — from characters, themes, plot and even style — such that one can tell from which earlier text the work has been drawn. I believe in originality and creativity. I believe every writer must read widely, intensively and extensively. This way, the mind opens up to give way to creativity. No one writes from a vacuum. There is no harm in an author being influenced by other peoples’ works, but one’s creativity must show through. Lack of creativity makes one’s work flat. Every serious writing is preceded by thorough research. Originality is a key element in literature. Writers should take time to create their own unique style of writing.