nova1021 (nova1021) wrote,


So, I just started reading the epic fantasy novel "Acacia" by David Anthony Durham. It's quite well written, and I'm enjoying it so far, but I've been struck by two things. First, it follows a pretty standard epic fantasy plot: assassin murders the king, then the story follows the king's kids as they try to deal with all the fallout. It's fine that he's using this plot because it's a pretty effective one, and a pretty plausible one.

The second thing that I noticed is that this is essentially the story that I was trying to write for NaNoWriMo last year. In both stories, the king is killed. In both stories there are foreign invaders to make things worse. In both stories, the plot closely follows the king's kids.

They're not identical stories, but the similarities are striking. Heck, I just read a chapter where the prince gets beaten during military training. I wrote a chapter like that!!

So, on the one hand: cool, my story is similar to one that was published and is getting lots of praise!

On the other hand: *cliche alert*! I like epic fantasy, but I don't just want to re-write the same story.

I haven't been too excited about finishing the edits to my NaNovel lately. A lot of that has been busy-ness, but also despite all the work I've put into it, it's not really coming to life for me. I have some new ideas bouncing around, so maybe it's time to set the NaNovel aside and start thinking about other stories...
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