When writing, one thing that comes to mind is, "Am I being original?" I wrote about this before, but the Mageri series began with a really horrible vampire book. I mean, it was bad. In every conceivable way I found myself writing about things I'd read in other books to the point where it felt like something I'd read before. So I trashed the incomplete book in a file on my drive and got upset with myself.
Originality isn't about a new concept no one has ever thought of before. Try it, almost everything's been thunk. Well, not everything, but close. Ultimately, it's about a story that resonates with you as a reader. Some of my favorite books aren't that original, but for reasons I can't explain (or maybe I can), I'm drawn to them. Usually there's a spark of originality woven into the characters or plot that breathes it to life. Something daring the author writes about that makes me gasp and want to throw the book down, something that makes me feel, or laugh, or find myself thinking about it a lot. It's not to say that I will never write a vampire novel, because that's not the point. I was writing to cater to an expectation. I needed to step back and just say "eff it", and do what's in my heart. We need to do that in every aspect of our life.
Each time I publish, I'm going to get those pterodactyl's in my stomach when i reach the jumping off point, because I'm not writing under the influence.
How far will that take me remains to be seen. I hope its far, because I love writing more than those evil little gingersnaps that are sitting to my right.
On a personal note, I need to take my Christmas decorations down. It's pretty sad that I haven't had time, and I'm sitting here at my table staring at table full of Christmas cards. On the upside, hippie neighbors have moved, and I no longer have to listen to his atrocious guitar playing. I'm still working overtime, and haven't grocery shopped in over a month. I've basically been living off of caramel coffee, gingersnaps (Thank you World Market for selling crack in a can), and soup. I need time off. Writing is the easy part, it's the editing that knocks the wind out of your sails.
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