Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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I have been working on something. It is one of those projects that gets done piece by piece over a long period of time. The more I work on it though I have to delve into a world of writing I don't normally go to. Sci-Fi. I love Sci-Fi but among my general reading it is the speculative fiction genre I have read the least amount of books in.
Working on this story, I see ideas I thought were cool and new only to find they are old hat for this genre. This led me to a question. How important in writing is complete originality? It is a hard thing to achieve and not just in writing. You can think you are the height of new fashion, but do a little research and most likely you are indeed playing off something others have done.
Don't get me wrong being original is important to me, but more so is telling a great story. To tell a story I need a world in which to put it. So I will keep this IWSG post a bit shorter than normal and ask you guys a few questions.
How important is complete originality for you as a writer/reader? If a book has great characters and a solid plot does it make up some for the 'I have been here before' setting?
Anyway I hope all of you are having a great June so far. As always, have fun and keep writing.