Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ten years.....poof.

I haven't told anyone this...not even Pete, till yesterday--but for the last ten years or so, I've been secretly putting a story to paper. It's been revised a number of times and I never fully completed writing it, but I just couldn't bring myself to share that information. Fear of rejection, maybe, or deadlines, or the "need" to do something with it other than writing for my own enjoyment? I don't know.

No reason not to share it now, because yesterday I found out that my EXACT same storyline has been made into a movie. Not a big budget one, for sure, it's just one of those B-rated "christian" movies, but when I heard the previews and read up on the film, I was absolutely floored to find that somehow, the story fits mine almost detail for detail. I don't know how that happened, but it did.

I threw it away. Why bother keeping MY story, when someone else has already done something with it? I can't even bear to look at it, much less complete it now. Already been done. I guess I "sat on it" too long.

I'm not sure what stings more--the fact that a story I'd put ten years into had been made into a movie and that all of MY dreams of maybe publishing it one day are gone...or that the movie is one that I'd likely laugh at for its lack of finesse on screen.

At any rate, if you DO perchance see the movie "No Greater Love", think of me, ok?


I am blessed! said...

I almost checked it out, but then the kids picked something else. I'll have to rent it now for sure.

Don't be discouraged. Write another story, or that one from your point of view. I asked my dad what he was reading the other day and it was another WWII book. I said, "It seems to me that by now, Dad, you would have read every possible book every written on the war." (He has a huge house mostly full of books at this point.) His reply was that even the same event told from a different perspective had something new to offer.

Only you are you and only you can tell your story.


Leah said...

I just googled it and read up on the storyline, and how weird is that, that your storyline was the same!
I wouldn't have thrown it away though! Go get it out of the trash!! :)

Qtpies7 said...

Oh, how sad! I can imagine how disappointing that would be.
I think you shouldn't toss the book, though. Do some revising, and I bet you can still do something with it.

Stephani said...

Thinking about you today. How are you doing? Miss seeing your posts. Hope to see you back soon. "Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory." 1 Peters 1:7~ Blessings to you!

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