My work-in-progress just suffered a massive blow and I’m back to the drawing board, two seconds away from scrapping the entire thing and starting all over. The book I’m currently reading has the exact. Same. Plot. As. Mine. Well, not the exact same. I’m being dramatic but there are a rather significant amount of similarities. Apparently there are imagination doppelgangers. Here’s the toughest part, I don’t like the book. I can’t even finish it. The story just isn’t the same from this side, the reader side. Dislike of the book and the “it’s been done” discourage took some of the wind out of my sails. I have a backup plan but it will require a ton of rewrites. I’m facing some serious hard work, well, harder work.
Being the silver-lining finding, optimistic I am, I can see opportunity in this setback. I learned a lesson I should never slack off on following. It is crucially important for writers to habitually read. If you want to write good fiction, you have to read good fiction. I say that phrase often and I usually adhere to it but I dropped the ball this time. It’s important to know the market for your genre and what’s drawing your target audience’s attention. Read what’s popular, read what isn’t. Read stories similar to yours in any way, as a rule so you don’t end up like me. I should have read this book 43, 000 words ago.
All of my characters will stay but I have to start world-building from scratch. I can handle it. I’ll lick my wounds for a couple days and write short stories to work out my frustration on some unsuspecting characters. Then, it’s back to work I go. This day of my write-life is about determination.
To all of the writers who wake up every day and have enough persistence to simply keep going, you are revolutionary.