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Mar 12, 2009

Plot Napster

I admit it.

I'm a plot thief.

There are no new plots anyway, right? So no matter how original you try to be, you will have inadvertantly stepped on the toes of some previous story's plot. That being the case, why not steal from the best?

I steal plots from the classics -- fairytales, medieval epics, religioius canons, classic literature. And even from history, although I'm not sure if history can be said to be properly plotted.  (Historical events tend to be too farfetched to be suitable for fiction, which, unlike reality, has to be belivable.)

I've started work on Dindi Book 2, titled-- for now -- The Singing Bow. I'm twelve days behind schedule, and having some trouble diving into it. My mind keeps nibbling away at Book 1; I'm finding it hard to focus on the new work. But thanks to the beuaty of plot napster, at least I have a plot!

I start with a stock fairytale (when in doubt, Cinderella always works); add a rip of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, overlay a Dark Dangerous Man (more an archetype than a plot, I suppose) and sample a cool form of human sacrifice once practiced in the jungles of India. Download into new novel.

Yeah, you heard right. Dangerous Liaisons with human sacrifice. No talking bears this time, though. Just giant scorpions.

Voila! I now have a plot worthy of YouTube. 

8 comments:

Dolly said...

Oooo! Tara that sounds wonderful! I look forward to hearing more about this story.

P.S. Thank you for all your comments on my blog. I love the feed back.

Blessed Be

sraasch said...

Haha, that's a great system! When in doubt, steal plots! lol

Lady Glamis said...

Wow, you know what? Good writers borrow. Great writers steal. The end.

Tara Maya said...

LOL

Natalie said...

I've found it's not so much about the plot as it is about the characters who fill up the story. They change that stolen plot every time...unless you've also stolen the characters and renamed them...

Alicia said...

The characters make or break a book, so borrowing from different plot elements isn't a huge deal. As long as a writer isn't using the exact format and just inserting new names, then it's still an original tale.

Your new book sounds like quite the interesting concoction! :)

Kate Karyus Quinn said...

Sounds like a good strategy to me:)

Alex Moore said...

delightful :) looking forward to hearing more about it...