The Weimaraner

I will now regale you with a nonsense exercise we did in a writers meeting on writing bad first sentences. Here are 2 of mine.

  1. Read in a German accent: Picture of a Weimeraner dog in lederhosen and hat.writing-dog2023

I am a veird, vild, und wundervol Weimaraner dog von Ghermany here to entertain you vis mein tuba vich makes melodies so wunderschon und melodious but only ven I vear mine green hat vis ze big Auwstrian brush reaching to ze sky to brush ze cobwebs von mine brain vich hears ze songs in mine ears vich send it to mine fingers und zey make mine tuba play so gloroius in sound zat people clap und clap und clap until ze breeze von dat makes mine hat to fly off und zen mine brain cannot vork and mine fingers zey stop and so, mine gut friends, my tuba falls silent.

  1. Read in a French accent: picture of a  poodle cooking.writing-dog1022

Ma naime ees Guy ze fraunch poodel on a mission extrordinaire to bake a souffle most deliceuse to show up zat pouffed up baker of ze household de Versailles becauze he ees a fool most odious aend of hopeless proporionz aend needs ze lessons in making a souffle zat does not no never fall down when ze King aend Queen sit down to table wearing zer royal outfits so magnifique aend drinking wine most exquisitely exponsive zat it requires to accompany it a souffle  so light it could float zem out ze window on currents of ectasies perfectement.

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Three Plagiarized Pigs

“How do you manage the fine line between being influenced by a work and plagiarizing it? I’m worried that my readers, who know I’m an avid fan of a book series, might start to see the similarities between my work and call me out for “stealing” ideas.” This is something I saw on Tumblr today.

Good question. Especially in view of the fact that writers will at some point come across the fact that there are no new ideas. Period.

Avoiding plagiarsim is therefore simply a matter of taking one of these much used ideas and seeing how we can make it my own. Let’s take the Three Little Pigs or TLP and their nemesis, the Big Bad Wolf, or BBW. Each of those pigs tries to come up with a way to stave off the BBW. Maybe you too want to write a picture book about 3 characters and their antagonist.elk-1096779_960_720
So… how can you change it up? If you make a conscious effort it’s not that hard. Three is a magic number so let’s leave that alone. It’s common enough that it slips under plagiarism’s radar. But let’s change the pigs to deer. Or even better, let’s make the threesome a deer, a moose, and an elk. Or better yet, 3 antlered moose, a 2-headed deer and an elk with a Swedish sweater on.

Now we still have 3 characters, but we’ve used our own imagination to change them up. No resemblance now to our piggies.

Maybe you will want them to try three different techniques to deal with the wolf. (We’ll leave the wolf alone, to show that some similarities to existing stories are inevitable and acceptable.Animal-Deer-Two-headed-1603-780x993

Now for the wolf. Is he gonna be the Big and the Bad? Let’s make him Stupid and Stunning. What does he want from this family of the ruminants? How is he a threat to them? Will he want to eat them too?

This is where brain storming is handy. (Or a deer with two heads, ;P ) Maybe, seeing as we have 3 funny animals, this should be a funny problem. Maybe the wolf wants the elk’s sweater for warmth, the deer’s extra head for brains, and one of the moose’s antlers for over his door for prestige.

I think I’ll leave it at that. The rest of this story will unfold according to the substitutions we have made for the original 3-pig-1-wolf tale. In this tale there will be no huffing and puffing. Perhaps some bucking and butting.moose-70254_960_720

People may recognize the framework but no one can call this plagiarism. And look at that—in writing this post I have a fantastic idea for a picture book that none of you would dare to plagiarize right???

To sum up, plagiarizing can be easily side-stepped by choosing a common story framework, plot or theme and allowing our muse, our creative genius, to play with it. This, then, is called our WRITER’S VOICE and when we let it lead us, we’re safe from plagiarism.

 

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