Beaten To It

Hey, creative types! Do you ever get that feeling, when watching a TV show or movie, or when reading a book, that you wish you’d wrote it? Did you ever enjoy something so much it made you jealous it wasn’t your idea? I get this all the time.

Recently I was watching a series on Netflix called “Darknet”, which is basically a grisly horror anthology, and one really unsavoury idea made me yell aloud “Damn! I wish I’d thought of that!” – and it was a really horrible idea! It’s probably better that I didn’t think of it; I’m sure that makes me the better person. But the idea was so… formed… that I felt a stab of envy.

Another thing I wish I’d written is a book called Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveller’s Wife. It’s about a pair of American twins who inherit a flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery, and all the odd characters that share the building. It’s basically a ghost story, but unlike anything I’ve ever read. It is wonderful. I wish I’d thought of it.

One idea I thought I had had first was the basis of a novel I got about a third of the way through writing. Then, when I told some friends about it, I was informed that there is a book (which I had never even heard of, let alone read) that has the exact plot, almost to the letter. I was gutted!

I don’t know why I’m writing this. Probably just because I’ve not written anything for a while and I suppose this fills a gap. It’s late, I’m wide awake and so why not? I don’t have anything else to say, though. So… Goodnight, I suppose.

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