I’m not sure I understand these writers who write multiple novels. Where do they come up with the ideas? How do they figure out how to execute so many different kinds of plots?
When I finished my first draft of Secrets of the Sari Chest, I was so impressed with myself simply because I wrote so! many! pages! about the same story. Though I could never write a novel like To Kill A Mockingbird, I kind of get why Harper Lee stopped after just one book. She probably used all of her best ideas for one story, and couldn’t come up with any more.
In the past week of writing Finding Om, I find myself starting a new scene and realizing — oops– I’ve written that same scene in Secrets just with different characters. I’m beginning to wonder if I can write a second novel at all without plagiarizing myself.
Still, I’m 63 pages in, and far enough to feel confident that I will at least get through the first draft.
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Speaking of repeating my best ideas– I’ve been feeling similarly with respect to dinner around here. I think I’ve been cooking the same recipes for so long, they all look exactly the same to me. For instance, I think 90% of the time we’re eating a dish that’s either bean based or pasta based. (If I had my way, I’d eat more meals that were potato based. But alas, potatoes are one of the few vegetables my kids are picky about.)
I found this soup recipe a while back. It looks delicious, doesn’t it? But now I’m wondering– Do I really need to introduce another pasta/bean dish to our repetroire? Don’t get me wrong…I have a quiche in the oven right now, and I make a mean vegetarian schnitzel. We do have some dishes that mix it up. Just not a ton.
Is it because I’m a vegetarian that I feel this way? Or do you meat eaters out there also feel like you tend to eat very similar dishes every night?