So, a lot of my old followers know this story— but a couple years back my PC suffered a hard-drive failure. I lost almost everything on it. I had managed to back up a few docs here and there (and I thankfully I had begun moving things over to Evernote), but I lost 99% of my computer files.
And that included a lot of my writing. It was a very sad and traumatizing experience to lose SO MANY stories I had written over the years. So, please don’t let that happen to you!
If you were waiting for a sign to back up your writing, and everything you care about, THEN THIS IS THAT SIGN.
- Save it on a USB Flash drive
- Upload it to the Cloud
- Save it on Evernote
- Email it to yourself
- Whatever you need to do— do it!
This message was brought to you by: a very sad-looking document and a dorky boi named M. Kirin. For more writerly content, follow: maxkirin.tumblr.com~ And remember, only you can save those documents from a hard-drive failure!
petrichorelmosolyodni: Reading in the park.
Salem’s Lot, Stephen King.
I’m not sure such a database exists for the purpose of seeing if a story has ‘already been done.’ Followers, anyone know of anything?
However, keep in mind two things:
1) What seems obvious to you may not be obvious to others. Your mind and life and experiences and ideas are your own, and they may not always align with others’ so don’t assume just because you think it’s obvious that others will.
2) The odds are someone has thought of it BUT that doesn’t mean they have thought of your exact idea, characters, story arc, genre, themes, etc. There’s nothing wrong with using an idea that already exists and building off it, or doing your own version of it. The ancient Greeks did it. Shakespeare did it. J.J. Abrams does it. Just because an idea has been done doesn’t mean it can be re-done, or re-interpreted, or added to, or given new life because it’s not coming from the original source anymore, it’s coming from you — your ideas, your character, your spin, etc.
Don’t let the thought that something may have been done before stop you from finding a way to rework the story using your ideas.
Hope this helps!
|—||Stephen King, Mr. Mercedes (via quoted-books)|