the same story
"My story is just like another book and now
I'll never get it published!" It can be hard to write your story or shop
it around when you know that there's something else like it out there.
People on discussion boards always try to be helpful when this subject
comes up by saying things like, "there are no new story lines" or "you
have to make it your story, which will be unique." But that's hard to do
without a referece point.
Take the vampire books for instance. I
have been reading lots of them to get in the mood for Halloween. They
all have common characters (vampires) and common legends (Dracula) but
each book looks at things in a different way. It made me realize that
you can have a book with a similar character or problem that is vastly
different from other books that are supposedly like it. Now you might be
saying, "but I'm not writing a vampire book, so that doesn't apply to
So here's what you do. Read every book that is like
your idea. Why? Because you will probably see that although you are
writing about a bully, or a selfish little brother, or problems at
school, these books are different than your book. The characters have
different goals and dreams, and unique ways of dealing with problems or
boyfriends or little sisters.
Sometimes it's easier to see that we are unique when we have a reference point about what is different.