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Monday, November 29, 2010

No New Ideas?


So a while back, I read a review for a YA book that is going to be released next spring and I had to do a facepalm. The name of the government in my book (that I thought was original, btw) is the name of the government in the other book. A book that is going to be published. Ugh!  Then a few days ago, I read a review of another YA book that is going to be released soon and I discovered that something else I used in my book has been used in this other book.  And it's something I will definitely have to change. *double facepalm*

Have you ever written a book and discovered that some of your ideas have already been used?

18 comments:

  1. Yikes, that sucks for sure. I wrote a historical fiction (womens) based on a real person about ten years ago. Just as I finished it another book hit the shelves about the same person. blah. I just finished writing a YA version of that book, with a totally fictional character this time, so all that work and research hasn't been completely wasted, but I didn't know that for a decade.

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  2. Ugh. All the time. (I even posted about this last week.) I think that's one of the most frustrating things about writing (aside from revising)... being so close to your story, feeling as though it's "sparkly and new", and then finding out others have had the same idea, and well before you. And then, after being so close to those ideas for so long, having to go back and change our *brilliance* can be a real pain in the you-know-what.

    I think we just have to think of the changes as making it even better -- an improvement on something we hadn't realized yet could be better than it already was! ;)

    Jessica

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  3. I think that's why we sometimes feel like we need to hurry. So that our story gets out there first. That totally sucks, but it sounds like it's only a few changes and really your story is different because you're the one telling it.

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  4. Noooooo! *squishy hugs* Well, you know that this has happened to me, so I feel you, but I still think you have something awesome and unique. Just keep moving forward.

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  5. I'm so sorry! I've definitely been there, and it's so frustrating! I think maybe one good thing about it is that it forces us to one more level of creativity. It can be really discouraging, though. Good luck, and keep moving forward!

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  6. Unfortunately, I have had this happen to. Great minds think alike. It pushes us to be more creative and original. I'm so sorry to hear that you have to do a bit of rewriting!

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  7. Ugh. That's the worst! Other than the name of the government, is anything else similar? Sometimes I think I find a book that's like my idea, but then when I actually read it, it's very different.

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  8. Um, I hate that! I've done this before. I'm writing and writing and writing thinking I'm so smart and creative only to realize, um, duh Kim, this is the exact idea you just read about from a different book. But I haven't ever finished a whole book doing this. So I guess thats good.

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  9. It happens to everyone! (At least, that's what I choose to believe, because it definitely happens to me)

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  10. That does sucks. Big time. Usually it happens to me with titles. I think of a great title - taken. Then I think of another - taken. And so on and so on!

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  11. I hate it when that happens! Hope the changes you have to make aren't too difficult.

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  12. I still think you have a great thing going for you. And, ugh, yes, it has totally happened to me.

    I think I cried that day.

    But writing the book all the way through builds you as a writer. And as bad is it sucks to hear it, if the book isn't the one, it gives you experience to be able to write the next one.

    I say go on. Or, or, I will withhold pics of Jared. Or IAN, yes Ian.

    Which you could totally google if I did, but don't think about that since I'm threatening you right now. :)

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  13. I had an idea for a book that I found out recently was about to be released as a major motion picture.

    And after seeing the trailer for the movie, actually my story was better! :)

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  14. Yes! It's so frustrating!!! And terrifying. It makes me want to hurry the heck up and get my work out there before someone else does. But really, not much you can do. Hope for the best I guess. Good luck with your changes!

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  15. Yes, it's happened. I used to loathe it, but now I'm easier on myself because people are bound to have similar ideas. Still, it sucks.

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  16. I feel a lot better knowing I'm not alone:) Thanks everybody for the encouragement!

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  17. That sucks! It's happened to me before and is the one thing that lights a fire under my arse to write. Whenever I'm not motivated, I think of this and voila - I'm writing. Sorry to hear this happened.

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  18. All. The. Time.

    I scan the new release book shelves and a part of me is outraged, sad, and humbled when I see a book with my idea screaming at me.

    It means I need to write more.

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