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APU, please redirect me.
I'm still working on my Monster Monologues, which is written in the first person. However, parts of it are beginning to seem a little like Monsters University.
After speaking to Colleen, the Irish SCBWI Administrator, she suggested that it is almost impossible to be completely original in today's market.
Any advice? :thanx
#1 - October 09, 2018, 05:47 AM

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Oh, Fiona, I've lamented about this very thing on these boards. The consensus: there's no such thing as an original idea. What's original is the way each writer presents it.

With that, please don't fret.  :hug  Unless the plot or characters of Monster Monologues is the same as Monsters University, you don't need to worry.

When I'm bothered by writing concerns, it helps me to walk away from the manuscript for a while. In the meantime, I clean my palate by writing something totally different. Later, I'm able to return to the piece with fresh eyes and renewed energy. 

Best wishes!

#2 - October 09, 2018, 06:27 AM

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Carrots and Colleen are both right. No such thing as an original idea, just how you present it. You will have your own unique way to present the story. If you are worried that it might be too similar, maybe it is, and you can think of how you can make yours different. But sometimes we worry more than we ought.

One of the things Tammi Sauer shared at the Carolinas conference was her story about a valentine book. She read all that were in her library to make sure hers would be different and she wrote Mostly Monsterly. Her editor wanted it not to be a valentine story so she revised it so that it could be used throughout the year and that's how the book is now. By the way, this was acted out with volunteers with Tammi as narrator, and it is hilarious. If ever Tammi is presenting near you, GO!!!
#3 - October 09, 2018, 08:23 AM
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Not likely,  vijaya,  unfortunately.  We had our quarterly meet up last weekend with just myself and Colleen in attendance. There are so few writers of children's fiction in Ireland &  even less illustrators.
My aim is to gdt to a UK conference before my life ends.  Hopefully a few years away.  :yourock :rip
#4 - October 16, 2018, 05:55 AM

There are numerous repositories of storytelling tropes, e.g. That one, despite its name, includes numerous examples from literature.

The key is stirring up a unique combination of themes, plots, characters, and, yes, even tropes to create a story that is relevant to today's reader.

A thorough survey of the tropes in Monsters U

should aid one in preventing accusations of being derivative.
#5 - November 11, 2018, 04:55 PM
Persist! Craft improves with every draft.


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