The HeArt and Craft of Writing

D.Wallace Peach with a post with thoughts from screenwriter and author Sean Carlin on the demise of originality in plots for films, television or drama.. As Diana points out there are only a limited plot lines and they are being rehashed millions of times… head over and have your say…

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My blogger friend Sean Carlin wrote a post a few days ago about Artistic Originality. He’s a writer with a background in film, and he often laments the industry’s sequels and reboots that sacrifice the original film’s creative power for a guaranteed (but unsatisfying to the viewer) box-office bump.

His post got me thinking about the same phenomenon in books and what makes a story original.  We may disagree on the number of plots available to us, ranging from 4 (man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. nature, man vs. himself) to Polti’s 36 (here’s the list). But we can all agree that the number we have to work with is limited.

Since we’re essentially rehashing the same plots millions of time (sit with that thought for a minute) how is it that we aren’t bored to tears with writing and reading? Aren’t we…

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

10 thoughts on “The HeArt and Craft of Writing

  1. It is interesting that so many similar stories are so different because of individual writer and who the person is, what feels and what experiences. I like your post! All the best 🙂

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      • It was excellent and said it all. Hence the very short (especially for me) comment. I am a big fan of retaining total control over all aspects of our work and would like to see publishers moving in future to more like what happened in music where artists license out their products to the company. Although to be fair this only happens for the biggest artists and it would not surprise me if publishers already did much the same for their biggest sellers…. but are keeping quiet about it! PXXX

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