I'm at the 30% point in a book I've been waiting months for - Jenny Han's We'll Always Have Summer. It's the third in a trilogy about a girl named Belly and two brothers, Jeremiah and Conrad, she's known all her life because their moms were BFFs. Talk about your painful love triangle -- ugh! Try one that's lasted practically the entire lives of all players. Oh, the confusion and angst! I love this story.
So anyway, I am happily devouring this book and I just came upon a drinking game called I Never. Well, I've never seen this game in a book before, a game which my daughter told me about (yes, we really are that open at Chez Webber) when I was researching drinking games for my novel. Which is coming out on Kindle on May 1st. In five days. And is completely done.
And includes a lively and rather important-to-the-plot game of I Never smack-dab in the middle of it. WTF.
I don't know if this is what Jung meant by the collective consciousness... but man, it sure feels like it. It makes me wonder if there was someone out there who was writing a really cool vampire book with a sparkly vampire who falls in love with a girl but also wants to kill her, and she felt all cool about it until it turns out that someone else had the same idea and got it published first.
My novel has a film director. He's not a huge character, but as the 15-21 year old characters are all actors in a movie, he's important. I named him John Richter. Unique surname, right? And then I was reading Kimberly Derting's wonderful novel The Body Finder... and a Very Important Character had the Same. Exact. Bloody. Name. (I changed the first name and left the last, figuring completely different character and far enough apart in publication, etc, plus thank GOD not a main character name.)
The very last thing I want to do is copy something already out there - in any way. But really, it's looking a little impossible to avoid. If anyone finds something after mine is published, I don't want to know. Please don't tell me. And for everyone who's out there writing and creating right now, if I ever get a publishing deal and you buy my book and you're writing something awesome and taking a break to read and you come across the same name, place, storyline, main character's predilection for a certain type of pet, whatever - I'll understand if you want to scream my name along with SON OF A BITCH!
And I won't call you a copycat. I promise. Keep writing.