Are you the best person to write your story idea?

I decided to emerge from my NaNoMo cave to rant. The above was a question I came across while reading my emails today. It was one of those thought provoking blog posts that makes you think, what the hell are people thinking?

Are you the best person to write the story idea that came to you? Umm…duh…of course you are! The idea came to you, not someone else.

I’ve heard this question applied to non-fiction before and its usually meant to ask if a visitor to France is really the best person to write a travel guide of the country. But I have never heard it applied to fiction, or in this case fantasy.

How can you be an expert of dragon slaying or otherworld kingdoms? Would it be smart to be a serial killer just to write it realistically? Or build a time machine so you could write a true historical?

If you don’t think that’s what it means when applied to fiction, than let me tell you what I first thought when I read the question. If you don’t write the story who will? No two stories are exactly alike. Even with the same historical or mythical characters someone is going to see a different twist to the story, or a different aspect of the same character.

Take for example my novel My Lord Hades, I looked into other books that told the same myth as I did. I found most books that painted Hades as an evil god, like in the Disney movie, Hercules, or a sadistic god who is into bondage and dominace of Persephone. My Hades was a tortured soul trying looking for love and not thinking he’d ever find it. And when he did, he was willing to let her go if that was her wish. I’ve never read another book like it, and if I hadn’t written it, it is unlikely I ever would. The same can be said of all books.

Does this mean you should write a story and try to sell it? I don’t know. That’s up to you. If you craft the best story you can and share it with the world, monetary payment is sometimes part of the process.
That really depends on you and your goals.

So what do you think about the question “Are you the best person to write your story idea?”

6 thoughts on “Are you the best person to write your story idea?

  1. Mari Miniatt November 6, 2010 / 5:49 pm

    Of course you are the best one to write your story.
    In my case, I wanted to write the vampire story I was not finding out in the bookstores. Then came the characters. I could write down all the info about them, backstory, shoe size, and etc. and hand all it to another writer. But only I have their voices in my head, only I can really understand what their motivations are.

    • Stephannie Beman November 6, 2010 / 8:45 pm


      I couldn’t believe it when the person implied that they didn’t thing they were the best person to write their story. They knew it better than anyone else they could hand it off too.

  2. Ruth Ann Nordin November 6, 2010 / 8:53 pm

    Was this based on a blog post telling people that they were incompetent at telling their own story or a comment someone made?

    It seems ridiculous to me that this is even up for debate because it’s obvious that only the person with the idea will be able to make it work successfully on paper. Maybe they suck at it to some people, but every book sucks to someone out there. This is why people who try to make themselves the master of all writing knowledge piss me off. There’s more than one way to write any plot. I remember someone who told me how scary it is that I post up my ideas on my blogs, but I told her that everyone can take my basic plot points, but it’ll never be my book because only I can write my book. Author style, preferences, tone, and personality trump plot points and stats any day of the week.

    • Stephannie Beman November 7, 2010 / 12:02 am

      I agree. It was a comment made to a girl in a college writing course. I think it was more of one of those “please tell I’m not wrong to be writing” posts. But I really felt bad that someone even said it to her.

      Although whether she is a great, good, mediocre, or horrible writer, the story idea was hers and I think she is the only one to write it. Which is what I told her.

      • Ruth Ann Nordin November 7, 2010 / 9:50 pm

        We all have to start somewhere, and if we’re not passionate about the idea, it’ll never work, no matter how good it is. I need to go and check out your NaNo book later on today. I’m actually ahead of schedule for a change. 😛

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