"Be persistent, relentless, and unstoppable, even when you want to stop. Especially when you want to stop." --Adam Warren
"You'd like to think that, wouldn't you?!" --Vizzini, 'The Princess Bride'
So, I'm writing another new book, started it this past Saturday. I didn't think that deserved its own blog entry, since odds are pretty damn good I'll start another one at some point in my life. It's a book I've always been hesitant about writing, for a few reasons. The first is that it's the start of a trilogy, and I'm really not sure about writing a book that's only sort-of a complete story when I'm still trying to get published. The second is a much larger issue, and it's why having doubts after only six days.
The book and the world it takes place in were inspired by a video game I played a ton when I was younger, a game that's still one of my favorites. I realized somewhere along the way in the world's creation that I wasn't quite being original in my planning, but I went with it anyway, since everything seemed original enough and I thought I'd changed things around enough to keep it from being obvious.
Now, nearly 20,000 words into the book, I have to admit it: damn, I couldn't be more wrong.
What I've written so far crosses the line from "inspired by" to "derivative of". The book is following the game much more closely than I ever intended. There are tiny moments that shout out the video game that I didn't really intend to put in - they just happened as I was writing. Things like that are usually good, but in this case, I feel like it could get me in trouble. I feel like getting this published would be tantamount to copyright infringement. ...yes, I'm putting the cart before the horse when the cart is still a tree and the horse isn't even a zygote, but you get the idea.
This is why I'm thinking hard about cutting this off before I spend any more time on it.
I don't think stopping now would be a waste. The planning document for the trilogy is twenty-four pages, and I already have a new plot in mind, one that would take place in this world but not follow the story that inspired everything. I just know that there's so much writing advice out there that says not to stop once you've started a story.
But is there really a point to finishing a story when I couldn't, in good conscience, even try to do anything with it? I know not everything's written to be published, but still.
I haven't made my decision yet, though I'm taking a night away from the story to mull things over. Could definitely use some advice.