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    Similarites in story writing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by trapped, Jan 26, 2009.

    Hello guys,

    I am finding out that my story line is quite similar to those who have published books already in my general area. I don't know if this is a common thing when writing in a defined area or not. When reading novels in the same area I notice that with each author their success lays in their unique definition of the topic. I wonder if that is what separates their stories from others eventhough their about the same topic. I guess you can say I am asking how do I keep writing about my topic when it seems so close to others. I don't want it to seem like a remake from somebody else's work.

    Joey
     
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    Joey,

    This is a well trod subject here at the forum. Long story short, don't let the fact that there are stories out there similar to yours deter you from writing your take on the story. ANY new story is going to have similarities to works already in print. Everything has been written about in many forms with different characters and different settings, but with similar themes or plots. This does not stop hundreds of new books from being published every year. Write what you are writing well, bring your own flavor and colour and sound to it.

    Happy writing!
     
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    It may help you to find a feature or two about your own which make it completely unique. Don't focus on what is the same but instead on what is different.

    Also, if you enjoy writing your piece, then it doesn't really matter. I'm often very tempted to emulate writers that I've particularly enjoyed just to try recapture the feeling I got when I read it, but along the way it always becomes my own, and the feeling of having created something when I'm finished is unparalleled.
     
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    write out a skeleton outline of your plot/characters, compare it to reviews of the books you fear are too much like yours, and you should be able to either confirm, or resolve your fears...
     
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    No idea is original. There have been a hundred unworthy farmhands sent after a hundred of the most dastardly tyrants. All those books have been published and all are similar.

    It is the journey that is important in a story.
     
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    Oh, but my story of an unworthy farmboy going after a dastardly tyrant has a special twist!

    The farmboy is secretly the son of the tyrant!
     
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    It's been done. Star Wars.
     
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    Uh huh. It you really believe that this is a special twist, you obviously haven't seen enough movies. I'm sure there are a bunch of books that use it too, but I can only think of movies at the moment. In I am Mordred it who his parents are doesn't stay a mystery to Mordred very long, and anyone who knows the Arthur stories well would know right away, too.
     
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    I believe he may have been joking. Pretty much 100% sure actually...
     
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    Me, too. But you can never be sure.
     
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    Thanks for the advice
     
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    I'm stuck in a similar place. It's rather like that episode of South Park where Butters keeps trying to think up new and interesting ways to destroy the world. Everytime he thinks of a new idea, his sidekick reminds him that it was an episode of the Simpsons. I feel like I'm stuck right there next to him. I try to think of an idea, and when a good one pops into my head I promptly realize I read it somewhere else. It's really giving me a good case of writer's block and I'm not sure how to work around it.
     
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    Forget about what has been done before. It has ALL been done before (99% true). Focus on interesting characters and good writing.
     
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    cog, i've suggested this before. you really should consider making that statement in a post that you could sticky.

    it's getting already gotten out of hand. just imho.
     
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    It's already in a sticky post. No one reads it before posting this type of question.
     
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    What is a sticky post?
     
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    It's at the top of every forum. Separate from the regular threads so it doesn't march down the page. It is always on top.
     
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    thank you for the clarification
     

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