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Write your own book instead

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?

Photo by Dave Catchpole

Published in On My Mind


  1. All the teenager vampire books and TV shows are driving me crazy. I keep asking myself, when is this fad going to end? But then I remember the days when I read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and I smile. I guess fads – even those in book sales – always come full circle.

    • Trinae Ross Trinae Ross

      And while there’s nothing wrong with fads, one has to consider how many of the thousands of copycats actually get published. Might as well spend the energy crafting your own story. Welcome to the blog, by the way. I bookmarked yours an will enjoy following your writing exploits.

      • Thanks for the warm welcome! I bookmarked your blog as well. Great to know there are like-minded people out there. 🙂

  2. Interesting Point. But quite obvious for any one with an education in writing. Your own voice is far more important.

    • Trinae Ross Trinae Ross

      You’d be surprised how many manuscripts are written daily that are offshoots of currently popular works. Writers think if they can copy what’s currently publishing, that it’s an instant road to success.

      • I believe those of us who have a basic education in writing know that doesn’t work. Even Comp 1 in college is enough to figure that one out.

        I also agree with you though, don’t take that wrong way.

    • Trinae Ross Trinae Ross

      No offense taken. However, you bring up an important point. Many aspiring writers have had no formal training. They read a book, and start writing. They never sat in a writing group, let alone a freshman writing course.

      And spirited discussion is always welcomed. Don’t worry about rustling a few feathers.

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