Writing an original story
As a new author I have learned the world of creating a totally original idea for a story is practically impossible.
Last year I published my 4th novel, “Bermuda Zone”. It’s the tale of a newly wed couple looking to spend their honeymoon at a friend’s distant cabin in the woods. Lost in love, Dalen and Amber Johansen somehow miss the flashing warning lights and the “Do Not Enter” message. Once inside the restricted area they’re challenged with one strange occurrence after another. Lusting stalkers and dirty law enforcement are protected by an electronic field guarding the Zone’s borders. Mutants wander the mountainous terrain surrounding the area’s lone city compliments of a government experiment gone bad. The newlyweds must make a plan to escape, but there’s a major problem. No one has ever found a way out of the Bermuda Zone.
A few weeks ago I sat on the sofa reading, when my wife who had been watching television in the other room approached me rather abruptly.
“Honey,” she said. “You have got to come and take a look at this.”
“What’s up?” I asked.
“Babe, there’s a new television series on FOX that is very similar to your last novel.”
“Really?” I paused. “How similar?” She realized I probably wasn’t going to get up and go look for myself.
She then began to describe the story line. She couldn’t have been more right. After researching the title online I learned the series was based upon a book by a fairly well known author who had written the story two years earlier. My wife convinced me to watch the program the following week. I began to understand her concern. Not familiar with the author and never having read his novel, I had conjured up a story line that is very close to his. Both novels include:
1: People entering an area known only to those in the secret society of government.
2: A mountainous area protected by an electronic field.
3: One of the officials in charge is a high ranking female.
4: People are herded like sheep and afraid to think on their own.
5: The citizens are monitored on a regular basis.
6: No one has ever escaped the area.
Pretty amazing I must say. The plots are totally different, as are the characters, but the concepts are definitely similar.
It has been said there is nothing done that has not been done before. I suppose that premise holds true in fiction as well.