I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.

MOST RECENT: PUBLISHED OR WILL BE PUBLISHED SOON

Should I continue with my novel even though there’s a published novel with a similar plot?

Should you continue with plans to write a novel if you find a similar one that’s been written before?

Of course you should!

A publisher — can’t remember which one except that it was in New York City — said that one of his biggest problems was writers who contacted them threatening to sue because they’d submitted an article that was rejected and then, later, the magazine printed a similar article. The point of the publisher’s comment was that it’s common in the publishing world to receive numerous similar submissions. In many cases, some of those rejected submissions were later published elsewhere.

But going deeper into the question of similar plots, there’s a list of story plots that’s easy to find online (because there are a lot of them and all are slightly different) because there are only so many story plots.

The thing that differentiates one story from another with a similar plot is the way the story is written. Since everyone is different — and every writer differs from every other writer — each story, even those with similar plots — will be unique.

So go for it!

3 responses to “Should I continue with my novel even though there’s a published novel with a similar plot?”

  1. Excellent advice, Florence. Thank you for putting that out there!

  2. Reblogged this on Ann Malley and commented:
    But that’s been done before! What’s a writer to do?

    If you’re plagued by doubt about your current novel, read on. Another nugget of wisdom from multi-published Forget Me Not Romances author, Florence Witkop, awaits. Her straight-shooting advice will help calm the creative waters so your words can FLOW.

    And, please, feel free to follow Florence and yours-truly. We’d love to hear from you. Creative is as creative does. And the muse MUST be fed.

    Write on!

  3. Thank you so much for all this very useful and helpful information Florence. God Bless you.

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