Forcing myself to think of something new and unrelated to my current work is proving fruitful (if not frightening as I face an empty page that must be filled every day).
A lot of it is going to be shit, let’s be honest, however I hope that by colour coding it all for later reference I may be able to salvage a scrap or two to spark another idea.
One of my biggest fears as a writer, is finding my work to be derivative of someone else’s. Of course it will happen from time to time. Looking back at my earlier stuff, I can see myself poorly aping the style of Monty Python or Terry Pratchett, later I appeared to be aiming for the work of absurdist playwrights of the 1950s via Tom Stoppard. Today as I was writing, I started noting where and when I had seen a similar idea, theme, and style (be it book, game, or film) – at first it was a little bit horrifying but then I guess a pre first draft brain dump is always going to be derived from your environment.
I’m hoping that when I go back to this in a year or two, my long term memory will be able to find something useful in there to make it fresh and original.