It's Time for Unique

It is a rare occurrence when you can find an almost completely unique book. I am guilty of stealing little tidbits from other books, a little thought here, a little moment there. Not obviously, but almost unknowingly I write and when, upon reading it later, I realize that it sounds strangely familiar. It would make things easier if there was a manual on how to write uniquely. We would not struggle with sorting our own ideas from those ‘downloaded’. I have read some books that had promise until I realized the story was going in exactly the same direction, with exactly the same characters as another book, just a few minor tweaks here and there. A main ‘copy-reference’ for books is Lord of the Rings. I can understand this, as I have also made this mistake before. Wanting the same magic and ‘realness’ in your own book, your mind decides that copying will be best. You think that should your book not have the same characters, setting and similar plot, it will fall flat and never be looked at. But I think this is a way of thinking that should be turned around. Just think of Alice In Wonderland or King Solomon’s Mines, and yes, also Lord of the Rings – they are unbelievably amazing and unique books. Their authors did not scavenge on other books – their creations come from a place deeper than thought. If an idea sounds crazy – put it in anyway, if your hero does not fit the usual mould – just give him/her a chance. The setting might be irregular or strange at first, but as you are able to add uniqueness and differences that would not be possible in a normal and used setting, it begins to grow on you. As soon as you have become comfortable with your own creation and love it and know it, then so will your readers. As a reader, I am always looking out for something that does have some similar elements, but with a clearly unique flair. No one wants to read 20 variations of the same book. The world is such an unbelievably magical place – there is so much to work with and from, we don’t need to copy anyone else’s work. 🙂

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About Shemer

Author who loves reading, writing, horse riding, archery, books, dancing and many other things. Fulltime Soldier and part-time wildlife management student who loves to do adventurous things and explore the real world or books in her spare time.
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