Even as we are looking forward to the year 2012, we are idly wondering whether a supposed prophesy from the Mayan civilization about the apocalypse in 2012 will come true.
Another year has almost gone by and we look back even when we ostensibly set our sights on the future. We look back at all that happened through the year, remember, retrospect, resolve to change the old, and usher in the new. We are always looking back.
Looking back is particularly true for writers, irrespective of what kind of writing they do. All writers delve into the collective consciousness and find their material or at least inspiration for their work from the great oral traditions, the myths, the legends and fears that make up a culture.
The myth of Sisyphus inspired ‘-isms’. An entire consciousness of being nihilistic, of finding meaning in meaninglessness, of celebrating existentialism came into being.
Today, we have our urban legends and internet memes. We have our splintered identities, our diasporic myths. We have our past quickly catching up with our present providing us writers with the motivation to write, the angst to help make our writing more poignant, and the inspiration to continue writing through the years.
So writers when you look back into 2011, as you beam at your published works, as you read the manuscripts created in 2011, we, at BWW would like you to look back some more. Introspect and share your inspiration. Tell us what myth made a seminal impact in your life as a writer. How important have myths been in your life? Do memories of the past influence the writing of the present? What do you think? Leave us a comment.