Saturday, February 12, 2011

Frustrations and Passions

I have always been a storyteller. Always
It's in my blood, and after so many years of trying and failing, and trying again and yet failing again, I've decided to make a real effort to write.
Okay, and I want to be published too.
How many of us are out there?  Geez. I was a high school English teacher at one time. I could count on two hands how many of us in that English department had pursued being the next Hemingway. 
I wrote a novel in college. It was 400-something pages. I read it. It was crap. So I dumped it.
I wrote started another novel in the late 90s. It was really good. But then I saw the previews for a TV show called "Alias." Yes, the one that made Jennifer Gardner a star. The storyline was identical to my manuscript.
So I dumped it too.
Then in 2008, I actually had a small publisher interested in my writing. Someone there was a fan of my old blog and podcasts and wanted me to write a novel. Of course, I was already 100 pages along in a fantastic idea of mine.
Months later, I saw previews for a movie titled "Push." Damn the luck. The storyline was identical to my manuscript again. So I dumped that one as well. Almost two years later, I thought about bringing that novel back to life. But recently, I saw a preview for a movie called "I am Number Four." Well crap. That movie is even MORE identical to that manuscript.
So I dumped the idea of writing an already dumped novel.

So now here I am again. Trying to be original. Trying to finish what I've started.
And gosh darn it...I've got some stories to tell


Anonymous said...

Well then, by golly, tell them thar stories!! Alias was a kick butt show, so you had a cool idea for sure. I haven't seen Push or the other one you talked about.
Try to stay warm there in misery, I mean Missouri.

the weirdgirl said...

I know how you feel! I started a novel a couple of years ago with the same basic plot as Knocked Up. Mine would have been better (of course) but it kind of takes the wind out of your sails.

Good luck writing! If you ever want to bounce ideas or exchange feedback let me know.

The Phoenix said...

JD: It was 60 degrees here in Misery today!

WG: I was told that I should have gone ahead and finished my manuscript, since there's no such thing as a truly original idea anymore. I'm 240 pages into a young adult fantasy/sci-fi steampunk manuscript right now. Hopefully no one else will come up with a similar idea.

Anonymous said...

Tell them...don't worry about what other people write. Just write.

The Phoenix said...

I think I'm pretty insecure about my writing, Jenn. I'm actually looking forward to the business side of things to see where I stand once and for all.

Anonymous said...

All writers are insecure about their writing, hon.

Especially coming off a hiatus.

And you know I'm happy to give anything you write a boo if you need to know you don't suck. :D

Mark Edwards said...

Hello Jason,
I'm glad to hear you're getting back into the writing. Once you have the bug, it doesn't let go, I'm afraid.

I want to encourage you about one thing in particular. Don't dump your own work. Don't toss it just because it's like something else in the marketplace. If anything, that may be a selling point to an editor.
Write it, fix the typos, give it to someone who is brutal but who's opinion you TRUST. Then send it out. Let someone else reject your work, don't do it for them. You never know, you have be writing just what someone is looking for.
Write it. Send it out.

Mark Andrew Edwards

The Phoenix said...

Mark, if only you had my ear two years ago!

Yeah, big time regrets with dumping it.

Tiyana, aka "Yoyo" said...

Glad to see other writers out here in the blogosphere! And I agree: Alias was pretty kick-a$$; I still adore it.

Maybe you could find a way to approach those already-done concepts from a different angle? Sometimes it isn't so much about coming up with an original concept as it is exploring it from a unique (character's) perspective.

BTW, that steampunk novel sounds like it could be a lot of fun. What's that one about?

Phats said...

You should totally sue the creators of Alias for ripping you off haha :) Cool though good luck you can do it! I am a history teacher, we don't have to write :)

J. Noel said...

Thanks Phats. When I was a teacher, I team taught with an American History teacher, aligning his history with the literature I was teaching.

Yoyo: I need to go back and re-work those projects for sure.You're exactly right about creating a different angle.

My current project is a YA novel about a young idealistic hero that is sent on a mission to save his people. He struggles to survive in a wild and dangerous world while his once-solid beliefs are shaken to its core.

Tiyana, aka "Yoyo" said...

Sounds like you've got some really strong thematic elements happening. I wish I'd known my themes that early on in the process, haha.

Phats said...

We did that last year, 10th grade English and my 10th grade US History did tie in term papers it worked pretty good. Thankfully I didn't have to grade grammar :)

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