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Bad News/Good News

Bad News: I’ve been thinking for a little while that Mage’s Price is becoming too derivative, and I’ve been struggling with how to handle that. I am doing some new things in the book, but I’m also retreading old ground. I’m just not sure what to do, and I’ve started languishing a bit. To help myself figure out what I need to be doing with it, I’ve setting it aside for now. It started as being ‘similar’ in many respects to the Wheel of Time series, which I was fine with, but I’m rereading the Wheel of Time right now, and that was making it worse. Much worse. I was getting close to being able to name my characters Rand, Matt, Perrin, and the like. Not good. So, I’m giving myself some distance for a bit. I’ve invest 47,000 words into it, so I don’t want to abandon it at all. But it will be better if I take a break from it.

Good News: I have started something that is in no way similar. It’s fantasy, but its in a different world. It’s different from anything else I’ve written, and it clings more closely to the things I wanted in my next novel. My writing is still improving, so I’m excited about that. Also, this next thing has a Roman flare. The fact that I’m trying to teach myself Latin probably has affected this decision. I just need to keep myself from making everything Latin. Novels written in dead languages don’t sell real well.

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  1. Studnougat
    June 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    That is rough. It is tough to comprehend the magnitude of literature that is already out there, especially when thinking about coming up with something “original”. Can an original story still be told?

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