Monday, November 13, 2006


A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. ~Charles Peguy

Have you ever read a book and felt as though that author has said everything you always wanted to say and that they said it so much better?

Writing angst is nothing new. There are, after all, no new ideas, only new ways of getting those ideas out in front of others. If you have an idea for a story and suddenly find out that a well-known author has just published a similar story what do you do? Do you worry that your words, torn from your gut, won’t be as impressive as the ones that author pulled from her pocket?

I’ve reached that point. A wonderful idea for a story, something I’ve been working on for over a year. Not just one story, mind you, but a whole series…and a well known author not only just published something very similar, but her HERO has the same first name as mine…heavy sigh.

No matter, I’ll keep tearing the words from my gut and hoping that when this story gets published, the readers will believe I simply pulled those words right out of my pockets and that they’ll love them just the same.

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