Tell me have you done this: you read a book and by the time you’re finish you say, “I can write that.” Sounds like you? Don’t worry, I think we all do it at some point early in our writing lives. Here’s a piece of advice. Don’t worry about trying to write a book like the one you read. By the time you write it, edit it, and put it out to market, the world will have moved on.
When J.K. Rowling penned Harry Potter, the rage was having young wizards saving the world from annihilation. Now it’s teen vamps and werewolves since the Twilight Saga graced both the bookshelves and the theaters. When something popular comes along, don’t rush to to write a copycat of that novel. Instead of emulating the writers you enjoy reading, try writing your story and nothing else. I believe that, while lightning can strike the same place twice, it’s still a rare occurrence. Write your book. Rewrite it until you have killed off all your little darlings. When that is finished, submit it to market.
Why worry about being the next Rowling or Meyer, when you can be the first you?
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