The Writers Circle: Hand-me-down Stories

One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Have you taken over a creative project from a fellow writer who either had given up on the idea or who had no intention to write it in the first place? How carefully did you try to stay true to the idea as it was handed down to you?  Did you try to continue the story from where the original author left off, or did you start over and make it entirely your own? What are some of the benefits or pitfalls of writing a project such as this?


Discuss this topic here in the comments or head on over to the forums to start or engage in a more thorough discussion.


4 thoughts on “The Writers Circle: Hand-me-down Stories

  1. That’s an interesting question. I’m currently reading Tom Clancy’s latest Op Center novel, written by several writers who hope to extend the franchise known as ‘Tom Clancy’. So far, they’re keeping true to Clancy’s approach.

  2. I’ve not done this with a creative project and would be a little intimidated by the process. Likely I start by trying to stay true to the original work. Knowing how I tend to work, likely I start looking for corners of the original where I could start adding my own voice and style.

  3. oops. I meant to provide a link- not include the whole darn thing! I don’t know how I did that, or how to reverse it. I’m pretty new at this whole technology lark. Sorry.

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