Thursday, June 21, 2012

Being Original

It’s what we all want, what we all strive for in our writing, but it’s not easy.  You may think you’ve hit on the perfect story, surely no one else could have dreamed of such an awesome idea…then you realize there are other books about orphaned boy wizards, and vampires who fall in love with emo girls.  Damn.

But don’t be too hard on yourself if your story has minor similarities to another.  It’s been said that all plots are based on only a handful of formulas and the difference is just in the details.  I’m not sure I believe that but I do know one thing that makes each story very different.

Me.  And You. 

Our voice is unique.  It belongs only to us and cannot be duplicated.  As long as we hold to it, then success will surely follow.

Just look at these successful peeps that had to deal with not being as original (at least on the surface) as they hoped to be.

 Steven Colbert and Bob Sagett

 Khloe Kardashian and Frankenbury

Gollum and James Carville

Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley

Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel

Janice the Muppet and Donatella Versace

Is it Friday yet?


  1. Bwahahaha...I always get Katy Perry and Zooey what'shername mixed up.

    And you are so right, girl. I keep wanting to strangle George R.R. Martin for stealing my ideas, but then I remember he wrote his books in the 90's. Damn him!!

    And here's one more look-alike for you.

  2. Ha, I love this post! I miss your humor so much, this really made me laugh. :) And it's almost friday! SWEET! :D

  3. They say we've all got a double somewhere in the world - I love the Donatella Versace one :-)

  4. Hilarious! I always thought Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan looked alike, too.

    And Donatella... hee hee...

  5. Fun fact: I'd rather be locked in a room with Gollum AND James Carville than that hideous monster Donatella Versace. Ugh.


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