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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

THE NEXT BIG WRITING CRAZE

If you want to know the next "new" writing craze, try reading the oldie goldies. Someone said ,"there is nothing new under the sun," and they were right.

I remember in the early 70's being a young feminist at twenty exploring my sexual fantasies by reading Erica Jong's new breakthrough novel "The Fear of Flying." Flash forward to 2012 and every one's going berserk over the latest erotica break out novel Fifty Shades of Gray. Same premise, modern spin. I can't even say "new" spin since sexual games and fantasies are as old as sex itself. However the newness of it just may lie in how graphic it is.

Look at the vampire phase we have just emerged from. You would swear no one heard of vampires until the Twilight saga took hold.  I remember being hooked on "Dark Shadows" in the sixties and wishing I could write a sequel to the vampire saga starring a young Brad Pitt and boyish Tom Cruse in the eighties.

All I'm saying is why re-invent the wheel. Revisit some classics. Read some Kurt Vonnegut. Watch the "Valley of the Dolls," from 1967 or "The Way We Were." Now don't copy the work. Use your imagination, spice it up and tailor the story to fit 2012 and guess what?

YOU too can have the next break out hit. How would you re-write the characters of Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford in "The Way We Were"? Suppose Robert was married and African American and Barbara was a catholic nun? Instead of politics as the back drop suppose it was civil rights?

23 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good idea. If I could just finish some of the things I have waiting in the wings.

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  2. Hey Nancy! Good to see you. If anyone can re purpose a story and make it a best seller it would definitly be you!!!! Congrats on the success on ALL your books

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  3. Or how about the old saying, "Everything old is new again". It's true. Fads and crazes are cyclical. Good suggestion of going back to find something to revive with an update.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  4. Thanks Lee I almost used that saying and yes it is so true.

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  5. Dear Debra, this seems like good advice to me. I need to try something like this as I seem to have so few stories in my mind. Peace.

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  6. Hi sweetie, how are you? Great advice here. I like the thought of retelling a Vonnegut story, especially for the purpose of carrying on his representation of timeless truths.

    Hope you are well.

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  7. Dee, this really works. Look at how many re-made movies are blockbusters. Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Archna, a smile always cross my face when I see your name! How interesting and juicy it would be to re visualize Clockwork Orange or Solvent Green made famous by Charleston Heston. Lies fluctuate but a "truth" yesterday is just as true today!

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  9. Dee, this really works. Look at how many re-made movies are blockbusters. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Sounds like a real analysis- it does seem to be repeating itself.

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  11. OMG, The Way We Were! Just thinking about that movie makes me tear up! But, you're right, the basic elements are so classic they can stand the test of being tossed up. What fun that could be!

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  12. I think this is true in all art forms~ Fun to read and think of what was big during the teen years! Thanks for sharing :D

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  13. Hey, thanks for following! Appreciate it. I took the gloves off in Rings of Trust. I'm just fed up with some stuff going on!!

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  14. Good idea, Debra. Re-read a classic and think of an edge to add.

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  15. I really like your blog but I can't find the icon to follow it.

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  16. All of what you've said, Debra: so, so, true! I'm old enough to see things circle back around; updated versions. :)

    Good advice to see how creative we can be by digging up things, and re-planting.

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  17. yep. styles: writing, fashion, tv shows, people & their escapdaes
    are circular.

    i like the idea of re-writing a classic. i would not rewrite but
    put a modern edge on many of the stories in the bible.

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  18. Interesting premise. You're right, a lot is being pulled from the past and being revamped. I guess, if you think about it, I'm doing that in a way by revisiting North American myths and the Western genre.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  19. Hey Debra,

    How have you been? There is an award for you on my blog :)

    Hope you are well!

    My name has changed from inspire nordic to the little nordic cabin, by the way :)

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  20. A belated Happy New Year to you Debra! Best wishes in all you are pursuing. Get back to blogging when you can. :)

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  21. Debra, missing your voice online, hope all is well!

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  22. Good advice. For my writing I take it to the extreme. Most of my stories are based off of old myths and fairy tales. The funny thing is that when I show them to people they are surprised by the details that surprise them the most are the ones that were already in the myths but had been taken out in more recent adaptations.

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