That horrible moment when you think the story you’re writing has already been written
My troublesome YA novel has been put firmly to one side whilst I’ve been concentrating on my middle grade books. However, it’s always on my mind and now and again, I go back to it to continue formulating a plan of how I’m going to tackle it.
Things got even more troublesome the other day though when I came across a book, whilst searching the Kindle store, that seemed to be the exact same story.
SOMEONE HAS WRITTEN MY BOOK
At least, that’s what I first thought. The concept and the premise were the same: someone who can see dead people and knows a girl has been murdered, not runaway. Argh!
After calming down, I downloaded the book and read it. It’s not the same. Phew. But there are other similarities that had me feeling a little queasy:
The main character is Mattie
Her boyfriend is Jake
The police officer who helps her is Dan
In my story, the main character is Jake. He has a brother called Mattie and the boyfriend of the dead girl is Dan.
What do you do when you come across something like this?
I swear I have never seen or come across this author and her work before, it’s pure coincidence, but it gave me a shock. On the positive side, as I said already, the stories do differ and I guess it proves this sort of story can be published and people are buying it. But at the same time, this is another reason to doubt where I am going with this book and yet again has me questioning whether I should bother at all.
If I can taking anything positive out if this experience, it will be that I can use this shock to figure out what my story has to offer that is different. Thinking about the various ways I’ve been trying to tackle it so far, I’m going to have another look at how I can make it work. This wasn’t what I was planning on doing for National Novel Writing Month this year, but I think this now might be the project I choose to work on.
What do you think?