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    Parallel Writing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Cacian, Nov 11, 2011.

    ever tried it?
     
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    What is it?
     
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    hi it is writing in parallel with a story.
    almost like the same idead but different.
    take one story/book that you like and youtry and write a story along the lines of the book you like but making your own interpretation/ideas.
    for example if the main character inyour favourite book you have just read was say a man, in your story youcould your main character a woman/or a group of three people.
    you can change the beginning and the end for example.
    it is a good practice.
    I like it.
     
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    if you want to be a professional fiction writer, it's better to come up with your own story ideas, imo...

    and i can't find any definition of the term that is like what you described, or even relating to writing fiction at all... where did you see it so described?...
     
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    it is an idea of mine.
    I suggested because I find it hepfull to think of books that I have read or have studied and try and ''write out'' their ideas into my own ideas.
    there is no getting away from the fact that we are all influenced by other writers and so instead of relying on the sameness of their style, I try and work around it by swapping characters, changing the beginnings and endings adding and substracting and so on.
    I find it helpfull.
     
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    I have done something similar with one of my stories. But I wrote the same exact story from two different perspectives (protagonist and antagonist).
     
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    I've heard of it, but have never tried it. It does sound like a good way to practice without needing to worry too much about a complex and exhilarating plot...

    I don't remember where, but I encountered the idea on a site instucting how to write a bestseller. It said go to the bookstore, buy a bestseller, read it (maybe a couple of times), then write a story parallel to it. Change the time period, setting, characters, tweak the events to match your new environment and Poof! Apparently that is how great bestsellers are written... *sarcasm*

    -- But I definitely think it would be a great way to practice!
     
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    I can see the appeal, however I feel I would be cheating myself, and someone else too. I would knowing me go off on a different tandem, so the characters develop their own story along the way.
     
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    It sounds cool. I've always wanted to try it.
     
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    Then you should have put the explanation in the first post, since logically, not many people are going to understand a phrase for an idea you came up with.

    This.
     
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    why would you be cheating someone else's?
    that is how the world works?
    You cannot help but look up into someone.
    the writer would more then flatered to hear story has been parallel written.
    it happens all the time . all the films series rely on each other's ideas to write or produce more work.
    inspirations come from somewhere and that is one the best places to start.
    lots of writers' have done it and still do it.
    another idea of parallel writing is to write about you but in different way.
    apparently the novel jayne eyre was written in parallel with charlottte brontee's life.
    abdsolutely nothing wrong with it.
     
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    Yes, but there's a place for doing exercises that are for practice, not for publication.
     
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    Sounds like fanfic - great for practice, trying things out, but definitely not for normal publishing routes.
     
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    This is different than fanfic. Fanfic involves using the same settings and, generally, characters for a brand new story. This is reusing characters, setting and plot that someone else wrote while changing only perspective or only a character or two.

    I don't know if it fits the strict definiton, but this strikes me as essentially a form of plagiarism. I wouldn't touch this with a ten-foot pole, even if I had no plans on trying to publish it. Fanfic is already of questionable legal standing, and most authors won't publicly recognize that fanfic even exists for this reason (unless they specifically intend on discouraging it).

    If it's your own story, that's completely different, for example, Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow.
     
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    @Jhunter, I wrote something exactly like that last week. Never knew this was what it was. It's a good way to practice different writing styles but I'd never expect to see it on sale.
     
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    Yeah, there would be a difference then. I suppose using a paragraph or two and rewriting it as an exercise in style might be of some value, but a whole book seems like a waste of time and energy.
     
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    for sure!
     

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