My A-Z Challenge this year is about writing adult content in fiction – you will not find any adult fiction within the parameters of the challenge, except for illustration purposes.
Word is, there’s no such thing as a novel idea. Everything’s been done. So what we have left at our disposal as writers is our literary “voice.” It’s like our fingerprint, smushed up on the pages of everything we write. Nobody would confuse Shakespeare and Stephen King and nobody should confuse us with someone else. Right?
Even if we have a strong writing voice, there are only so many things we can write about based on our own experience. Pain, for instance. We’ve all felt it, some of us more than others. As writers we describe it the best way we know how, in terms that our readers can relate to. But like certain song writers, eventually we start to sound the same. And if we’re not careful we start plagiarizing ourselves.
Writing the same thing over and over isn’t fun for a reader (Dan Brown) and it will eventually lead to readers getting bored of what we do. So what do we do?
Stephen King himself went through a period of seeming bitterness in which every book he wrote contained someone getting disabled (temporarily and possibly permanently, I’m not sure, I got tired of it) by a car crash after his own experience with being run over. Not to go on and on about 50 Shades, but the number of times Ana and Christian’s arguments ended in a fuck were in the hundreds. How did E.L. James keep it fresh every time? She didn’t.
What’s my advice? Stop trying to write the same thing over and over again. Cheating in the form of self-plagiarism will only turn people off.