Well, no. I mean the thing is that ideas are cheap, so using someone else's ideas is not really that big a deal. It depends on the writing. If the writing is good enough that the work is good on its own, then it's "heavily inspired." If the writer just seems to be using things from someone else because they like them, or the ideas were popular at the time, and there's none of that je ne sais quoi to it that makes it good, then it's a "rip off".I just had an idea for an Alternate History novel set in Cuba, where Batista managed to still be president due to Bread and Circuses and skill in politics, which made the Cuban Revolution fail. Also, therapeutic cloning was invented and perfected sometime in the 1980s, and the Cuban government took advantage of people's need for organs to create a medical tourism industry. Batista wants to be president for as long as possible, so he clones himself again and again and harvests the clones' organs when he needs them. The teenage protagonist, Ruben, is about the seventh Batista clone to be made. He grows up in isolation on a plantation near Banes, the president's hometown, working in the owner's stables. He's very unusual in that he can pass for a human. But then one day the national police show up on the plantation and then our hero finds out that he was created to be a presidential organ donor. It's kind of like The House Of The Scorpion. So, basically, if I were going to write that any time soon, I'd have to write it really well.
edited 31st Mar '13 8:31:49 PM by MorwenEdhelwen
The road goes ever on. -Tolkien
Writer's Welcome WagonI'm writing regularly again (541 words in my session so far, I'm just going to finish a particular moment that I want to write down). I just need to start writing in the mornings more to further improve my habits and routine.
edited 31st Mar '13 8:30:43 PM by chihuahua0
How do you know whether to do self-publishing or try for traditional?
Writer's Welcome WagonBy the way, a few ten-page critques are being given away here.
i am new person wat does new person do Are we talking about Mary Sues still?
edited 2nd Apr '13 7:06:50 AM by Plyrx
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Writer's Welcome WagonIt's just a feeling from what I see, but the changes in the publishing industry has been causing a wider breach between the traditional publishing crowd and the self-publishing crowd. While I also a few articles on hybrid authors, who dabble in both fields, there's still the issue about what the Big Ones * are doing and how they will be in the upcoming years. And by the way, should I bother necroing this thread, or is Writer's Block Daily good enough for industry-related discussions?
I'm contemplating a (marginally) good ending or a bad ending. I'm still not sure how bad I want to make this ending.
Thunder, Perfect MindKILL EVERYONE.
Writer's Welcome WagonLET EVERYONE LIVE.
Who you are does not matter.Abstract apotheosis.
"Who I am does."
So as a compromise, everyone is kidnapped by aliens who forcibly convert them into abstract concepts that let them both be alive in a sense and dead in many others.
You will not go to space today.
Who you are does not matter.Hell, I'd read that.
"Who I am does."
(ʘ‿ʘ✿)My friend got her first rejection letter today and she is like way too happy right now.
Let's not go there. *flails noodle arms*
The only thing worse than killing everyone is letting them live with the knowledge of what they've done.
Eye'm the cutest!
So as a compromise, everyone is kidnapped by aliens who forcibly convert them into abstract concepts that let them both be alive in a sense and dead in many others.And then they turn into zombies....FOREVER!
Endless Conflict: Every war ends in time, even supposedly this one.
Writer's Welcome WagonThat moment when you create a new character in the spur of the moment and make her African-American partly because it feels like, but partly to reflect the setting's demographics and give even more racial balance to the group (the leader's a Bald Black Leader Guy, another member's Asian, and one more's Hispanic and bisexual). Just a late night thought.
Quick question: is it worth me making a new blog specifically for the web serial I have planned, or should I just post it in the blog I already have?
Writer's Welcome WagonDepends. If you want your web serial to stay separate from your blog, make a new one. If you want to leverage your current audience more, use your current blog.
I'm now a member of a group blog! There aren't a lot of YA fans here, but...
The time is now,So into Cat- Same problem. Happily ever after or bittersweet.
Do the job in front of you.
That's not the question here. The question is Bittersweet Ending or Downer Ending. Or perhaps Gainax Ending.
Thunder, Perfect MindHow about something between both poles: Bleak yet bittersweet, with a touch of the enigmatic.
◥▶◀◤Did a sort of writers blog on having to kill a character that I realized has to die: http://vyctorianbyron.tumblr.com/post/47050806925/killing-darlings-and-characters
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