Recently I met a writer who said she gave up on the book she was working on because another writer published one with a similar premise. I don’t know what her story was about in particular, but she was adamant that there would be no reason for her to bother finishing hers.
It got me thinking. How many books have been published about vampire love stories or teens fighting dystopian governments? A lot. And I could continue on with the list of similar premises. Because when readers like a book, they usually want more.
But even working with the same topic or premise, no two writers will end up with the same book.
Because artists have their own style. Your experiences, your opinions, where you live, who you grew up with, what you do with your day–everything that makes you uniquely well, YOU, weave together and mesh to make up your tone.
It’s your voice and it is influenced by the tapestry of your life.
And we all come to the page, the canvas or whatever medium with which we create, with our special voices.
For example, check out the difference in perspective on these Alice in Wonderland covers:
Or the difference in interpretation for the Barnabas Collins character in the remake of Dark Shadows:
Creativity is open for interpretation. (more on creativity here in this post.)
We writers, as we work our way deeper into our craft, learn to drop more and more personal clues. Like burglars who secretly wish to be caught, we leave our fingerprints on broken locks, our voiceprints in bugged rooms, our footprints in the wet concrete.
Your art is ready for your fingerprints.
A part of me wonders if maybe there were other reasons this writer abandoned her story. Maybe she was afraid of not measuring up. I don’t know.
But I think it’s important as artists to embrace our uniqueness.
Stop comparing and start celebrating.
Because there will never be another YOU.
You’ve got to recognize, there will never be another you. It has nothing to do with ego; it happens to be the truth.
There will never be another person the same.
There’ll never be another you.
What are your thoughts on the artistic voice? Do you have any advice for a writer/artist who gets stuck comparing their work to others?
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