8thdayfiction

…and on the 8th day, micro fiction was published on some dude's blog.

It’s Been Done

Well, I had been working on my novel for years–YEARS, mind you–devoting every minute of free time to it. Staying up late, getting up early. Spending entire weekends on it.

And then finally, at long last, the first draft was complete. I decided to give copies to a few trusted friends for some honest feedback.

One of those friends was Jane. She stopped by one day, I handed her a copy of the manuscript, and she took it home to read.

She called about a half hour later. We exchanged hellos, and then:

“Hey, so…the novel. I got a few pages in, and…well, you know this story’s been done before, right?”

“What do you mean?”

“A story about a mouse and his motorcycle. It’s been done. The book’s even called The Mouse And The Motorcycle. You didn’t read that when you were a kid?”

I thanked Jane for her thoughts and disconnected the call. And from that moment on, pretty much gave up on that–or any–novel.

And there you have it. You asked, so I told you: That is how Beverly Cleary became my archnemesis.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Been Done

  1. Ha! So funny yet so sad. Reminds me of the story behind that newbery Award winner book, The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois . Evidently right before it was published, his publishers pointed out to him that his story was strikingly similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, “The Diamond As Big As the Ritz” and the author assured them and all that he had never heard of that story or read it before. Kind of amazing though that they did publish it and it then won a Newbery. No such luck for the poor guy in your story!

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