When Your Idea Is So Great, Somebody’s Done it.

I was in a book store last week and spotted Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

The cover has that creepy photo. It’s filled with creepy black and white photos. And it’s a take about a teenager, and their grandparent, and a ghost or mystery or something. And my god, it is a GREAT book.

So great, in fact, that I went to the Wikipedia page to read about it. Where’d the idea come from? Who is this writer?

Long story short, a person, (Ronsom Higgs) had all these creepy photos and wanted to put them in a book. A publisher said, sure, if you make up a story about them as well. So Ransom did that.

And it’s a NYT #1 Best Seller. How awesome! How very delightful! How unbelievable that this person’s idea is so fantastic!

I am jealous of course. But I’m also encouraged to stop stalling and just write the damn book. I’m not saying I’m jumping on a bandwagon, I’m saying I’m running behind it shouting “HEY ME TOO.”

If it slows down to pick me up? THEN I’ll have jumped on it.

Here’s where my idea is better:

  • All photos came from one person, who was a real person, (though the story is totally made up)
  • I’m not bending my tale to go along with a collection of odd stories, (albeit, damn, that’s a great tale so far… but some of the photos seem really forced into the story)
  • I’m writing mine. I didn’t write that one.

But holy crap. I’m absolutely loving that book. Half of the time, thinking, “damn that’s totally what I was thinking!” and the other half of the time, underlining amazing writing. My weakest point in writing, (besides not finishing) is the description parts. Ask me to tell you a story about people who require no descriptions, in locations that require no descriptions, and I will win you over.

Ask me to tell you more about these people and these places, and I will bore you. And I get it. I don’t want to overdo descriptions. But right now I have two modes to description: overkill and nothing.

I’ll work on it.