Ok so here’s something strange.
Those of you (lucky lucky people) who I talk to regularly know I write a lot, some stuff gets published here, some in other places, some doesn’t get published at all but the fact is I write a lot.
Inspiration comes from everywhere and for different reasons but I write about a wide variety of topics and themes. However the last few months I have been noticing something I find strange.
I’ve been noticing that quite often the things I write about appear elsewhere. Now I’m not talking plagiarism, I’m not even talking about a coincidence, I don’t even know what I’m talking about.
It’s not a case of me writing a story about pirates and then in a day or so some else pops up with a pirate story, that sort of coincidence is to be expected with some topics. What I’m talking about is that I’ll write about a character today and then in a short time I’ll find another character in a completely different story by someone else doing exactly the same thing, nearly word for word.
Some times it’s the same scene and nothing else is the same, or the same action in a different location but more often it’s not the scene but the details.
Not so much the action, like a character driving a car and talking to themselves but the discussion itself in a completely different setting. Or character of mine has trouble sleeping and the explanation of those thoughts turns up in someone else character as a conversation that is in a completely different context to mine.
Sometimes the other story is written before mine, sometimes after and sometime almost as if being written at the same time
I tells ya all it’s bloody strange!
I guess some people could happily pass it off as some strange spiritual guiding light, or me being connected to someone on some weird astral plain that doesn’t exist or even that God is interfering with my writing but I don’t care for that shit.
Nope I believe in none of that I have narrowed it down two things.
- Either I have an alias even I don’t know about and I do it all unconsciously or
- There is another person stuck in my head.
The first one is possible, I have a memory like a gold fish when it comes to some things and that stops me functioning like a normal person at times.
As for the second one I did stick my fingers in each ear and shake the shit out my head and nothing rattled, but I’m not sure that’s enough to disprove the second one.
I’m going to walk around for the next week with my fingers stuck in my ears, if there is another writer stuck in there they wont be able to get out and write for themselves and I’ll be able to keep all the good ideas to myself!!
If the similarities keep occurring while my fingers are in my ears I’ll revisit number 1.
Wish me luck!