Coincidence in Writing

by Kris

Question: I have been struggling with a problem for years now. I have often found that when I get halfway through a project, or finish it, I find something, a video game, movie, or another book, that bears a strong resemblance to it--even when I had no clue that even existed. I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me. How do I make it look like I didn't copy it or do I just keep writing the way I initially planned?

Answer: This happens to everyone, and not just writers. Sometimes there are ideas whose time has come and they will strike many people at once. The lesson is that when one hits you and you have the means to act on it, act.

You can't stop it from happening. All you can do is write the best book you can and don't worry about (or look at) what other people are doing. Your book won't be the same, even if it is similar. And you just might be able to participate in a wave in which a particular genre is popular for a time.

I mean, wouldn't you have loved to have had a great young adult urban fantasy all finished just when Harry Potter and Twilight were getting started?

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