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Title: Structural similarity
Post by: iyerani on June 17, 2015, 05:02 PM
Hello friends, I have a Q. My new manuscript has a very similar structure, just the structure, as another well-known book. Everyone who read it has pointed out that. So, should I move forward with the Beta readers etc or put it away? Any suggestions?

Thanks, Rani
Title: Re: Structural similarity
Post by: dinalapomy101 on June 17, 2015, 06:38 PM
Most novels have the same structure: chapters that progress forward in time. Some, of course, have different ones, but unless the format AND premise are both SO SIMILAR to an existing, popular, unique book, then I wouldn't worry about it.

Unless you want to be more specific?
Title: Re: Structural similarity
Post by: AuntyBooks on June 17, 2015, 07:40 PM
if everyone who has read the book has pointed it out, either the book it is similar to has a very distinct structure, or there is more similarity.

It might help to know what the structure of the published book is -- is it a novel in poetry perchance? I can't think of anything else that might cause people to compare structure.

:) K
Title: Re: Structural similarity
Post by: iyerani on June 17, 2015, 10:06 PM
Dinalapomy 101, Auntybooks, the PB manuscript has a cumulative structure. It is built in stages, the previous lines and pages adding to the next section. Everyone has remarked on the structure, but they have not said anything about the story. In fact said the story reads better in the structure. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Structural similarity
Post by: Anne Marie on June 18, 2015, 02:45 AM
So you mean like THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT?  There are many books written in cumulative structure.

I realize you don't want to get too specific, but if that's ALL there is, I don't see a problem.
Title: Re: Structural similarity
Post by: AuntyBooks on June 18, 2015, 06:54 AM
Oh, I see -- Anne Marie is exactly right, many many books are written in cumulative structure. Perhaps your readers are familiar with just one? 

Move forward. Full speed ahead! Darn the torpedoes and all of that! Finish this book, submit it and go on to the next...

:) eab
Title: Re: Structural similarity
Post by: iyerani on June 18, 2015, 09:41 PM
 :running Thank you! Thank you! Anne Marie and Aunty books! So encouraging and so fun!  :yay I have been concerned that the similarity might hurt... :thankyou  :thanx