Is any idea ever original? I mean, let’s admit, there are a lot of storylines that seem similar. As a writer, I always wonder if the story I’m working on is unique. Will the reader be intrigued? Will my characters “make” the story?
Well, was I in for a shock when I recently read a first-time author’s romance ebook that I purchased. I follow her on Twitter and was excited to find about her book coming out. As I excitedly read chapter after chapter, I was pumping up myself about trying to push myself to get my first book out there. Especially since she and I talked several months ago about whether self-pubbing or the traditional publishing route was the way to go. Then suddenly, I hit a part of the book that sounded eerily like an element I have incorporated into my project.
I swallowed a lump and did a double-take. Now, the element is not something new that no one has ever used before. So that wasn’t it. The fact that I was reading her book and was working on something with the same situation was a problem in my eyes. Coincidence? Yes, because she and I never discussed book ideas, etc. before. But I still didn’t want to have the same thing in my book even though her characters and scenes were totally different than mine. If it were some author I hadn’t any contact with before, it probably wouldn’t have bothered me.
I briefly discussed the situation with my husband who only chastised me for dragging my feet about publishing my own work in the first place. He said that if I actually published something, then I wouldn’t have to worry about having the same concepts as other writers.
|Back to the drawing board.|
So I continued on with her book and there was yet another element that was in my story. As I finished reading, I became bummed. Not because her story wasn’t good because it was phenomenal. I was bummed because I knew I had to go back to the drawing board.
That feeling only lasted a few short hours because I was able to spin my storyline differently. Luckily I was only working on the synopsis and not the full fledge book. As I reworked that one element, I got so excited and was glad I was able to pull something else into the story that made sense.
It brings me back to my first question. Is any story idea ever original? What are your thoughts? As a writer, have you ever had something similar happen?