The January 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest is all about partnering with other writers to boost your own writing career, and, as usual, it’s chock full of great information.
But this latest issue has something else it in: Help for Writers!
I partnered with my friend and fellow author Eileen Cook to write an article on the theft of ideas. Eileen and I both had books come out the same year with striking similarities: main characters who were part of evangelical families but who were struggling with their faith; a Midwest setting; college decisions; protagonists named Emma. The list goes on. There’s no way Eileen or I could have stolen the other’s work, and this kind of thing happens all the time with writers, actually. But some writers let it stop them in their tracks. In Writer’s Digest, Eileen and I explore ways that this kind of simultaneous discovery (a term coined by Malcolm Gladwell) can actually help, not hinder, writers.
If you pick up a copy, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the piece. But even more, I’d love to hear about situations where you’ve written something, only to find that either there’s something else on the market very similar to it.