Did you ever think of a really great idea for a book and get so excited for it that you couldn't stand it? Did you start brainstorming ideas, and maybe even an early draft or two, and it all came out soooo easy? Did you burn with excitement, finally convinced that you had found the HOLY GRAIL of ideas?
And then, did you run your title through Amazon, just to see, you know, if there were already similar books out there........and you found one..........yeah, me too.
Which makes me think that I don't know if having Amazon at your fingertips is such a good thing sometimes. For example, when my book Good Night, Good Knight came out, I saw an article about a new picturebook coming out a few months before mine called Good Knight. It also dealt with going to bed. Now, therein lie the only similarities, and each book tells its own story. However, had I seen there was a book with a similar title, would I have stopped working on mine?
And that's the sad part. I might have stopped working on I book that I loved because it had "been done."
But I didn't. Which is good.
I should just disable my computer from googling titles and such......because once I see something similar, it just kind of ruins it for me.
Ironically, I tell my students all the time that nobody can write a story in the same way they can. We sometimes do exercies where we all take the same idea and everybody addresses it in their own way. And the results are cool. So cool.
But I have a problem with listening to myself.