A Writer's Life

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Being Original

With all the different literature and film around these days it's getting harder and harder to be original. And if you intend to do fantasy/sci fi like myself, then you'd better try hard. I never want to be thought of as just another sci fi/fantasy writer - there seems to be tens of thousands of them across the net. One of the things that I think about before writing is how do I make this different?
I always intend anything I release to leave an impression on whoever reads it. Whether it be short or long lasting impression isn't always relevant but if I can get a person to think something like '
that was different/strange/original' or 'I didn't see that coming' then I think I did okay.


At September 01, 2006 10:05 am, Blogger Zoe said...

i read up on different myth before writing one of my fantasies and I try to pick an original one that either hasn't been used in a while in mass media (as far as I can remember or know). What usually gets me off writing is discovery a new mythical creature from another religion, culture.... theres some great books out there about that kind of thing!

At September 02, 2006 8:08 am, Blogger Craig Alan Hart said...

I think you're right about this. Agents and editors are always pushing for new, different, original material.

It's almost impossible to be entirely original, I think. The trick is to take what's been done and change that, whether by changing location, circumstances, characters, outcome, etc. "Plot," however, remains a constant. It's really a literary illusion--making people think they haven't read it before.

At September 02, 2006 9:04 am, Anonymous JM Snyder said...

Fantasy and sci-fi have to be the hardest genres to break into anymore, if only because everyone seems to write them. I wrote fantasy for several years and even edited a speculative fiction journal published at George Mason University, and still only placed one short story ("Bones of the Sea") and a handful of poems after all the submissions I sent out.

Then I stumbled upon gay fiction, and now when I write fantasy with gay characters, I feel it gives the traditional myths and fairy tales a unique spin that sets them apart. My gay fiction defintely sells better than my hetero-fantasy ... I sold 11 short stories last year alone!

But good luck and remember, the most important this is to keep writing!

At September 06, 2006 3:47 pm, Blogger Ragnar said...

My writing strangely almost always seems to be original..
I like to think that It is because I have talent, but it might just be that I'm different from other writers.. :P

At April 10, 2009 8:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being original is just being yourself in your writing. trying to copy the success of others or follow in their footsteps will never work. we are all born as an individual and if you just do you then it will show in your work. never let anybody tell you your stuff sucks even michael crichton one of my favorite authors had a teacher once tell him his writing sucked. stick to what you know and do it the way you know how.

At August 05, 2009 6:11 pm, Anonymous me and my pen said...

everytime you write book or novel nomatter what it is. there is always a chance that there has been something very similar. but whats important is that you make it interesting, that you make it one of those books you cant put down. but you have to find your own style, thats what makes a good writer one with style.

i dont intent to write fantasy or sci-fi but that doesnt mean i cant do it the future. but of course i have to find my own style.

At November 15, 2010 9:28 am, Blogger Poetic Soul said...

Hey. I completely agree with what you're saying. I am desperate to be a writer as well.But I want to write romance novels.I've been reading many different books so that I can know what's out there and how to write something different but it really is hard. And I think as a writer,you are constantly doubting yourself but we just have to do what's true to ourselves and hope for the best.

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