On Intertextuality: Many have spoken about how writers are inspired by other writers, and traces can be found in the words, between the lines, blah blah blah. Take a further step: when you write, you are not writing, but you are co-writing with many forces: the voices in your head, the voices of the dead, the voices outside of your head. You are a channeler, but you are also just a writer who should not take too much ownership of their own writing.
On Finding One’s Own Voice: This is childish. Want to find your own voice? Write like you talk. The nuance, however, is that you talking to yourself, inside your head, is not the same as you talking to others. Here you are free to choose.
When not taking ownership over the way you write, and not trying hard to find your voice, things come more easily: words that are not readily available, that you have to “look up”. Google is not so artificial, it is your body and your thoughts that are quite possibly just conjurations and illusions your mind is telling you to believe in. Everything is actually just neurons and currents running through the nodes.
Things don’t come very easily either. This is what the people with the luxury of the self-label “writer” call “writer’s block”. This blockade you have no ownership over. Leave the block to be eternally blocked, or mercurially unblocked, i.e. leave it all to fate. But your resistance to fate is also part of fate.
Things don’t come very easily. But the more you wave goodbye to artificialities in your prose, the more easily blocks appear, and the sooner you can say goodbye to them.
When you cannot write, read. And always read before you write. Or better yet, write in your head, and read aloud the writings inside your head, onto your paper.
The above is not nonsense: reading is also writing your own reflections of the static useless words of another soul.
Indeed, everything written by others is useless. In fact, your writing is the most useless of them all, for they are just echoes of the voices that aren’t always yours. Forget these voices. Meaning only arise from mindful acceptance of the meaningless.