If it seems like I’ve been more reclusive than usual, (not that anyone can really tell), it’s because I have been writing my fantasy/adventure story. I am now on Chapter Eleven (page 93 single spaced, size 10 font).
Anyway, in my story, I created a family side characters consisting of five sisters and a mother. When I was writing them into existence, I had this funny, nagging feeling in the back of my head. Where had I heard of a story with five sisters and a mother before? I proceeded to develop their characters, with the two of the sisters being responsible, and the other three being silly and immature. However, this feeling that I had heard the story before would not subside.
And then it hit me. I had been reading TOO much Jane Austen!!!!
The mother in this family may not be as silly and foolish as Mrs. Bennett, but the sisters sure sounded similar. Now I have to go back and make the characters a little different because I don’t want to unintentionally plagerize something.
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It’s hard you know. I write as well. If you’d like let some other people read and offer comments, I’d be happy to set you up with an account on the site we use. We run it and it’s all password protected, so it’s not open to the internet but it’s a good way to get some “beta readers” and editing suggestions.