Not Enough Bookshelves: The Glass Is Not Only Half Full It Has A Chip In It Too!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Glass Is Not Only Half Full It Has A Chip In It Too!

I was meant to be having an internet free day, the husband and baby have gone out and I was going to finally finish THE BOOK.

But, of course, I couldn’t help myself and clicked on a few of my favourite blogs. Where I saw a book with such a great title I went straight to Goodreads to find out what it was about. Guess what I found?

My Book.

Of course it won’t be completely my book. I know that. I know that every author brings their own experiences, style etc.

It has enough similarities to make me want to cry though, or throw something, or eat a large tub of ice cream.


I am not going to do any of those things. Although my general tendency is to think the glass is half full (and chipped) I am going to try and be a glass half full, with cute umbrella stuck in a lemon wedge, person today.

See about 20,000 words into The Book I had to decide whether to go Path A or Path B. I choose A, but I could go back and do B now.

Or I could work on the shiny new idea.

Or I could brain storm all the ideas I had on holiday.

Anyway I will not cry, or throw things* and I will NOT stop writing. I shall remember how much I learned writing the book, and how much fun it was, and I shall channel Churchill and Never, Never, Never Give Up!

* I reserve the right to eat that tub of ice cream.


  1. No mater how similar it is yours will always be unique because its written by you and is influenced by your experiences! Don't be disheartened!


  2. You can do it! I know the feeling, knowing that your book is so similar to another book. But each writer has a different voice, different views, different characters, personalities, likes and dislikes, so yours will be unique and original. Good luck!


  3. Hannah and Amber – ah thanks so much for the words of encouragment. I am slightly calmer after a day of processing 🙂


  4. Ugh, that has happened to me. Good for you for the keeping the attitude up! You can do it! And eating a tub of ice cream is definitely acceptable behavior.


  5. My dear friend! Don't worry. Your book will be uniquely yours, and I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT!!! In the meantime, you have inspired me to eat ice cream. I think you should eat some, too.


  6. I think it's really easy for us to get scared by stuff like that — I am often scared of stuff like that. But then I read the books in question and they are not my book at all and I feel better (a recent example was WITHER by Lauren DeStefano).

    So read it before freaking, is my advice.


  7. Meredith – I m amazed by how many people it has happened too. Thanks for the support

    Kim – Thank you my lovely! I did eat ice cream almond magnum, as we had no Ben and Jerry's (don't know how that happened!

    Diana – thank you. That is reassuring. I have calmed down slightly now, and realized I know lots of books that sound similar and are completely different when you read them. I will call this another thing learned in the writing journey.

    Now I am all intrigued about what you have written that is like Wither! Whatever it is I shall be buying it 🙂


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