I was just wondering if you have any advice on writing a kick ass, original first draft. I've been having a really tough time writing my current WIP lately because I'm afraid my plot ideas aren't original enough and that they resemble the work of a YA author whose work I adore and can't seem to stop thinking about as I work on my own writing. Help!
Well Ella, originality is something all writers struggle with. After all, we're all pretty much retelling the same seven stories. And yet, according to our agent you must have a "stunning new idea" to be able to truly compete in publishing.
So yeah, no pressure.
Honestly, we've come to the conclusion that you've just got to write stories that you love and worry about originality later. Obviously this isn't fool proof (which may or may not explain how we've ended up with two manuscripts collecting dust on our shelves), but what else can you do? After all, some of our favorite books could be considered knock-offs. SOME GIRLS ARE was reminiscent of SPEAK, but it's still one of the best books we've read...well...ever in large part to some wicked plot twists, stomach-ache-inducing-tension and Courtney Summer's inimitable voice.
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