Is It Okay for Our Stories To Be The Same?

I saw an article the other day that uncovered striking similarities between several country music hits. The blog, Saving Country Music, posted about the mashup from Greg Todd which you can view below:

Sir Mashalot (Greg Todd) took six different current hit country songs and combined them at the same key and tempo. The result produced an eerie combination of, in its rawest form, the same song.

Just recently, I was working on a jingle with a producer/songwriter. After weeks of back and forth with the producer, I gave up. He wasn’t willing to change. I bagged the project about a month ago. Why? It sounded like everything else on the radio.

The combination of these two events got me to thinking about the writing industry. You can find millions of new books each year. Yet, the majority of them read like the same book. Once you scrape away the window dressing — “tweak them with tempo and key” — you’ve got the same book.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Continue reading “Is It Okay for Our Stories To Be The Same?”

Featured Book: Fissured

FissuredFissured: Book Two of the Pipe Woman Chronicles
by Lynne Cantwell
Genres: urban fantasy/paranormal romance

This book is available from Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

Naomi Witherspoon must mediate a power-sharing agreement between Jehovah and the pagan gods. But she’s surrounded by Tricksters: her new boyfriend Joseph; the operator of a fracking facility near their friend’s ranch; and maybe even the filmmaker she’s just met. What could possibly go wrong?

Yes, Amazon Is the Reader’s Friend

Konrath Turow DebateIt appeared to be a dream-come-true for advocates of indie publishing. Those who follow Joe Konrath’s blog have seen him “fisk” statements from publishing insiders, tearing apart their public statements line by line. A frequent target for Konrath’s fisking has been novelist Scott Turow, until recently the President of the Authors Guild. Usually these were accompanied by an offer for Turow to respond, either on Konrath’s blog or in a public debate. Last Thursday (January 15, 2015) Intelligence Squared U.S. held a debate with Konrath and Turow as two of the four participants. Continue reading “Yes, Amazon Is the Reader’s Friend”