Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Glass Is Not Only Half Full It Has A Chip In It Too!

I was meant to be having an internet free day, the husband and baby have gone out and I was going to finally finish THE BOOK.

But, of course, I couldn't help myself and clicked on a few of my favourite blogs. Where I saw a book with such a great title I went straight to Goodreads to find out what it was about. Guess what I found?

My Book.

Of course it won't be completely my book. I know that. I know that every author brings their own experiences, style etc.

It has enough similarities to make me want to cry though, or throw something, or eat a large tub of ice cream.

BUT

I am not going to do any of those things. Although my general tendency is to think the glass is half full (and chipped) I am going to try and be a glass half full, with cute umbrella stuck in a lemon wedge, person today.

See about 20,000 words into The Book I had to decide whether to go Path A or Path B. I choose A, but I could go back and do B now.

Or I could work on the shiny new idea.

Or I could brain storm all the ideas I had on holiday.

Anyway I will not cry, or throw things* and I will NOT stop writing. I shall remember how much I learned writing the book, and how much fun it was, and I shall channel Churchill and Never, Never, Never Give Up!

* I reserve the right to eat that tub of ice cream.

7 comments:

  1. No mater how similar it is yours will always be unique because its written by you and is influenced by your experiences! Don't be disheartened!

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  2. You can do it! I know the feeling, knowing that your book is so similar to another book. But each writer has a different voice, different views, different characters, personalities, likes and dislikes, so yours will be unique and original. Good luck!

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  3. Hannah and Amber - ah thanks so much for the words of encouragment. I am slightly calmer after a day of processing :)

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  4. Ugh, that has happened to me. Good for you for the keeping the attitude up! You can do it! And eating a tub of ice cream is definitely acceptable behavior.

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  5. My dear friend! Don't worry. Your book will be uniquely yours, and I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!!! In the meantime, you have inspired me to eat ice cream. I think you should eat some, too.

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  6. I think it's really easy for us to get scared by stuff like that -- I am often scared of stuff like that. But then I read the books in question and they are not my book at all and I feel better (a recent example was WITHER by Lauren DeStefano).

    So read it before freaking, is my advice.

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  7. Meredith - I m amazed by how many people it has happened too. Thanks for the support

    Kim - Thank you my lovely! I did eat ice cream almond magnum, as we had no Ben and Jerry's (don't know how that happened!

    Diana - thank you. That is reassuring. I have calmed down slightly now, and realized I know lots of books that sound similar and are completely different when you read them. I will call this another thing learned in the writing journey.

    Now I am all intrigued about what you have written that is like Wither! Whatever it is I shall be buying it :)

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