It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:
Jinx! What story ideas have you trunked because they were too similar to published/well-known stories?
Ack...this happened to me recently, actually.
Just a month or two ago I was getting a massage, and in the middle of the massage a story idea struck me. And it had such potential! I struggled to remember it, then I drove home from the massage and immediately sent a frantic email to my writing bestie Heather, so she could help me develop it out. After emails and emails and emails, and abandoning a plot thread that I realized sounded like a good idea because it was a lot like a book that is coming out soon, I had a basic plot sketched out. I even had a few thousand words written. I was good to go!
Then a few things happened.
1. I got struck with an even better idea that I was ridiculously in love with.
2. I was at B&N browsing the books like I do, and I saw a book that didn't look familiar to me. I picked it up and read the back and
it was so similar to my dang idea.
It wasn't identical, but it was pretty darn similar. Like, scratch your head and say hmm similar. I snapped a picture of the back of the book to email Heather, and then I whined the entire way home. NO FAIR.
Of course, Heather, as always, was the voice of reason. She talked me off the ledge for the millionth time and made me realize that even if our plots were almost identical, it really wouldn't be that big of a deal, and that I could totally make this concept my own. Plus, let's be real...neither one of us had ever even heard of this book.
But, that shiny new idea that I had fallen in love with was dancing around my brain. And now this one was tainted. So after running the new idea, the tainted idea, and my NaNo project past my writing group, asking them which one I should go for, they all agreed on shiny new idea. Sorry, tainted idea. You were ruined for me.
I'm sure you want to know what it is, but...I'm not going to tell you. You never know, I may still go after it. And I can't let it get even more tainted than it already is, you know? Heh.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever trunked an idea because it was too similar to something else?