Monday, September 3, 2012

Same Song, Different Verse.

Hello, friends! First of all, I'd like to apologize for my absence and failure to function in life lately. I've disappeared off of Twitter, I haven't blogged, and ceased working on my writing. Why? Several reasons involving a sick bunny & moving. All excuses, so let's cut to the chase and accept that I won't fail like this again. Oh, and happy Labor Day!

My post today is brief, but on a topic I've been thinking about a lot as of late. I'm super paranoid about my writing style and making sure that what I'm writing isn't too similar to something that's already out there...but I'm starting to wonder if that matters. It calls to mind the age old expression, "There's nothing new under the sun." We all know this to be true. There really isn't anything new. I can pick up any pick from my shelf and name several books that came before it with similar elements. So what? I guess I've just always wanted to write the next big thing by exploring lands untold and creatures yet to be seen. That's all fine and dandy, but it's not like J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer did that. Blasphemy! I can hear you screaming it now, but you know I'm right. Stephenie Meyer made it big off vampires, a trail Anne Rice blazed years ago. J.K. Rowling did it with fantasy in general (wizards, centaurs, giants, etc;), which was already explored in other classics like the The Princess Bride and Lord of the Rings. Same song, different verse. While these books aren't the mirror image of what came before, they all have a universal good vs. evil theme. It's what makes books successful. Sure, our YA audience wants something new. Their minds are like thirsty little sponges, but they also find solace in the familiar.

My point is that if you have a good story TELL IT! Get it out of your head and onto paper. Paint that picture and if it looks similar to Picasso who cares? It just means you'll have an audience ready to receive your work. Now, I'm not saying go out and plagiarize the classics, or write fan fic and pass it off as your own... *cough*50 Shades*cough* Yikes! I must be catching what the bunny has ;) be creatively you, write what you know and love, and don't be afraid to take your own path, even if it's one that's been explored before. Just come back with different findings!

Thoughts? Opinions? I'd love to hear them!


  1. You know what, though? Fifty Shades has made millions. She's laughing all the way to the bank at anyone that says she's a hack as a writer.

    1. I'm not saying she's a hack writer. I'm saying she wrote fan fiction, changed the names, and published it as her own. She can laugh all the way to the bank, but it doesn't change the fact that she wrote based on someone's ideas and passed them off as her own. I read an interesting blog post (I can't find it right off hand - arg!) where the writer compares fan fic to playing with someone else's toys, giving them different names and different clothes, then refusing to give them back at the end of the day. And I whole heartedly agree. Obviously, finding something truly unique is going to be difficult and you should explore ideas with your own voice. I simply don't support deals made for novels that are blantantly written with another's ideas in mind. If I were Stephenie Meyer I'd be ticked. But that's just my opinion.

  2. So true. I encourage everyone to not worry about their writing style or the story they have to tell and just write it! The hardest part is actually writing it and not making excuses.