IWSG: How Novel
This is February's IWSG post. The IWSG is a super group of writers floating around in the blogosphere, led by the ninja Alex J. Cavanagh. Come check us out! Our co-hosts for February are
Allison Gammons,Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend!
Well, the old, busted computer has gone and a new one has taken its place. All of my files were transferred over in a matter of minutes, thanks to the external hard drive and time machine that was activated in ye old computer's last days.
While anticipating the new computer's arrival, the last week of January was largely spent reading--and thinking about how I'm going to attack the novel idea I've had percolating in my head for nearly a year and a half. Some of it's written, but I have new ideas for it and I can't wait.
At first, I decided to write that novel as a half contemporary, half historical thing but it never seemed to work well. I knew the present day part was the weak link.
When I decided to try the contemporary half as a short story, it didn't work either.
Considering that I stole the basic premise of Modern Day Woman Inherits Money From Mysterious Relatives Which Leads Us Back to Historical Times from a novel that I would have thrown on the floor, had I been reading it in hardcover or paperback form...maybe I shouldn't be too surprised that it didn't work.
I think I got a bit cocky there--"Oh, I can do this idea so much better."
So. What kind of ideas or premises have you guys taken or been inspired by other books, movies, plays, TV shows, real life friends, etc. that maybe didn't work? And don't lie--artists steal from each other all the time.