Storyline Dilemma

Okay, so my first order of business was to come up with a storyline, which I actually started thinking about yesterday.  I feel like this has been my bump in the road the last few years.  I’ll come up with an idea and start the process of creating characters, etc…and then I decide I don’t like that idea anymore.  In fact, I hate that idea and now I can’t think of another idea, so I quit.  It’s a vicious circle.

Now you can imagine how excited I was yesterday when I came up with a plot that I felt very satisfied with.  Here’s the rundown….female attorney working on a murder case….gets the guy off….they start spending time together…they fall in love…she comes across an item that makes her question whether he maybe did commit the murder she got him off on….she starts noticing other things that lead her to believe maybe he’s committed even more murders….she’s torn on whether to do or say anything because she loves him….and ultimately, he tries killing her.  It seemed like a great start to me.  That was until someone informed me there’s a movie from the 80’s with the same plot.  Damn!!!  I never saw the movie so luckily I ran this idea by a friend.  Otherwise, I would’ve chugged along.  Now I have to start from scratch….or at least tweak that one quite a bit.  I CANNOT and WILL NOT let this discourage me!!

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2 thoughts on “Storyline Dilemma

  1. My suggestion is to stop talking to friends who read lots of books or see lots of movies. Once you start writing you will find that your story strays from your original idea and will no doubt no longer look like the one you had initially or the one in the movie. You like the idea, go with it. Very hard to hit a home run your first time out so likely the first effort will be a learning tool rather than a best seller. The goal should be to just write a story. Learn. Move on to
    the next. Do not get discouraged.

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