Without trying...have you found yourself and by default your writing stuck in a rut?
I recently finished a short novella, and at this moment it is in the hands of my trusted critique partners for their much needed evaluations. One of my critique partners sent me a comment after reading the first few pages saying that this new piece felt a lot like one of my pieces from two years ago.
What? How? No way...right?
I had to take a quick look at my two stories because I don't really outline (I jot down story structures, but not full-blown outlines) there could be the possibility that something overlapped.
No one else pointed out the similarity, but the initial opening of the story is what caught her eye, the heroine relocates. Of the other pieces I've written, I've had characters relocate for jobs, college, or just to runaway. I tend to use cities in the Mid-Atlantic or Southern regions because I love those areas. But, now with this new revelation, I'm thinking...wow, am I stuck in a rut.
The characters never feel the same to me, and the stories don't read the same, but as a rule for me one reason I don't like to outline is because I like to let go as I write, and see what happens. So, is this what happens...my heroines relocate in order to have self-discovery of some kind.
I remember reading something somewhere where the person interviewed was either an editor or an agent, and they discussed one of their clients who seemed to have a story format that fell into Asian woman falling in love with White male (Western world) set against a historical background.
Regardless of which genre you write, if you analyzed your plot and really took a look at your hero/heroine do they have similar traits from story to story? And how do you stop it?
For my wip, I'm trying to decide if removing the relocation piece of the story will weaken the story. At the moment, I think it will because it's a part of the reason my heroine is isolated.
What do you think?