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!