I am looking for advice. In an attempt to diversify my craft, which has largely settled in general (erotic - occasionally) fiction, I am trying to alter my process. However, one of my largest hurdles is originality. My brain has been turned heavily into an analytic factory because of my continued exposure to the curse of academic research and writing. When I try and come up with an idea, my mind jumps to something that has already been done. Once that occurs, any concept I had going gets gobbled up by what has already been written.
We live in a culture that thrives on rehashing, rewriting, remaking previous work. People dismiss Hunger Games as a lesser Battle Royale. We have 10 Things I Hate About You, Kiss Me Kate, and Taming of the Shrew. At my level in academic research, I need to be original in order to get into conferences and publications. Rehashing what’s been said would compromise future positions as I am trying to move from my completed MA into a Ph.D program.
Another part of my particular problem is how I have been writing. All of my recent work has been short stories from a fairly simple conglomeration of words or concepts. My story in Fang 6 started as an exploratory realization of Foucault’s repressive hypothesis. My weakness is writing from a definitive plot formation. Currently, I’m trying to expand a story that was too long to be a short story and too vague to be a novella, but I’m struggling to expand the original plot into a story that matches the intended novel length. The trouble with developing a story from a plot is the return to my issue with originality.
Going into writing speculative fiction, fantasy, and other forms of genre fiction, how do you all escape the shade of unoriginal to produce stories featured in Inhuman Acts, Abandoned Places, Dungeon Grind, Pulp, and other recent genre focused novels and anthology?
Might return to edit this later if I need to. Running out of battery at Starbucks.