Sometimes you will get a whole rash of books and film all at the same time. Like lots of volcano films or unreliable narrators of books with Girl in the title.
It seems to the reader that one idea must come first and everyone else copies. That isn’t true. For a start, it can take a couple of years to write and publish a book – far too late to jump on a bandwagon.
What seems to be happening is that creative people have roughly the same idea at the same time. For example, I’ve had an idea for a book – then another writer of the same genre as me has a very similar idea. When I get published it’ll look as if I copied them. But both of us have been working on this idea for years, long before either one of us knew about the other.
It seems as if ideas float around the universe and then bump into several people’s heads at the same time. So – don’t get discouraged if the idea you’ve been working on for five years has suddenly appeared in someone else’s book. Everyone in the industry knows this happens. It’s a common phenomenon. Just take comfort in the fact that it’s such a brilliant idea, everyone wants to write about it.
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