December 3rd, 2015
Me: So I’ve got this idea for a really great story! Okay, hear me out: There’s this mage, okay? And she has this ancient power where she can use all kinds of magic…
Fiance: That sounds a lot like this book I’m reading: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
Me: Um. Okay. So anyway, the main character’s primary ability is strength.
Fiance: Like Pewterarms?
Me: …What the hell are those?
Avatar: The Last Airbender / The Legend of Kora
Me: And she starts seeing these visions. But it’s about a past life-
Friend: So what? She’s reincarnated? Like the Avatar?
Me: Um… Well…Kind of I guess. Anyway, and she has these moments where she’s just overflowing with power and she’s practically invincible-
Friend: So it’s like the Avatar state!
The Stormlight Archives
Me: I’m really proud of the villain’s weapon! He has this scythe, right? And it’s made from dark magic, so it passes through everything. It doesn’t cut, but it completely kills organic matter, and only enchanted weapons can be used against it.
Fiance: You know, those sound like the Shards in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives. They kill whatever they touch, but can be blocked by other shards. It’s so good by the way, you should read them.
Magic’s Pawn: Book One of the Last Herald Mage
Me: *browsing donated books at the library* Oh! Magic’s Pawn. I’ve never heard of this. It looks interesting. I wonder what it’s about.
Me: *turns book over to read the summary*
Me: God dammit…
I know. I know. But Rose, there’s no such thing as original thought anymore. To that I say “Purple banana monkey butt sweater!” Yup. I thought of that just now. DID YOU?
*Sigh* But in all honesty, it’s difficult for a story to be original. Hell, I heard there’s a computer out there that has the algorithm to write every book that could ever possibly be made. Who can compete with that? But my stories and my ideas are still mine. I’ve never read Brandon Sanderson nor Mercedes Lackey (the author of Magic’s Pawn by the way). So their thoughts aren’t MY thoughts. I still had them. And while it might not be an original premise, it’s the details that make one story different from the next. If you have a room full of people write from the same prompt, chances are you’ll get entirely different stories.
Just because my story is a little bit like other stories, doesn’t mean it’s worthless or it has nothing good to offer. My story matters. Every story matters.
And so, I’ll keep on writing every unoriginal thought I have.
And so should you.