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?