Inspiration and how things turn out
As I write, and weave Kate's back story in, I, and not to toot my own horn either because I hate doing that, have started to realize how ahead of my time I was. I've read "The Hunger Games" and seen the movie, and the "games" were something, albeit with actual gladiators and teams, I thought of while in seventh grade, back in 1986. Now, they'll always be the comments that I "ripped off" Suzanne Collins and in reality it's something I've had in the head for the longest time without the skills developed to put it on paper.
So it's funny how things work out, for good or bad, but you plunge forwards, make you writing the best it can be. Once that's done, then you can worry about the rest.
My advice to people continues to be the same: read the 50 best novels of all time, see how they work, create your own style and then write like mad. There's no real magic bullet to being a writer, it's 100% perspiration along with your inspiration.
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