Thursday, February 7, 2013

Influence from The Bard

I took several Shakespeare classes in college, and I am one of those extremely nerdy people who love Shakespeare. I mean, I don’t curl up with his collected works on a rainy day, but I do skim through his plays often enough. Especially when I’m working on a new manuscript.

The manuscript I’m working on now has influences from Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, and Romeo and Juliet. Which seems insane, I know.

I’m not mashing all the plots together or all of the love stories together. I swear, there is no suicide, asps, poisons, cross-dressing, nuns, star-crossed lovers, creepy old men, or jail scenes.

What I do have are four girls who are best friends. One who wants to be in charge and control everything ALL THE TIME.  One who is defined by her family name and people telling her what to do. One who believes in all that is just and right, is innocent, and will do anything for the people she loves. And one who is mischievous, fun, and gets into her share of trouble (somehow enticing the other girls to follow.)

There’s also blackmail, secrets, and quite a bit of falling for the wrong guy (who is oh, so right!)

Oh, and there’s kissing. Lots and lots of it.

What’s influenced your wip?

3 comments:

  1. How interesting that Shakespeare influences you that much. My last wip (that I just finished re-writing for CFI) was influenced by Jane Austen's Emma and by self-help literature, especially coaching stuff like Tony Robbins. My current wip is also influenced by Jane Austen, but it's all over the place so far. Maybe I should throw in a little Shakespeare.

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  2. I think classics are great influences. I think I pull from a lot of areas when it comes to my influences. I took a lot of literature classes in college like Arthurian Legends, Toils and Troubles in Ireland (Critical Reading class), and Philosophy and Literature (which centered on Literature and Death). I think I pull from all those aspects, but also the books I read on a daily basis.

    I love reading something and thinking, "Man, I wish I could have thought of that."

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  3. This has nothing to do with your post but I've put you up for the Inspirational Blogger award. For the info, go to my blog...:o) I'm not sure how you get the code other than emailing me at kwixylver@cox.net. Sorry, I lost everyone's addy's when I got the new computer. Woo hoo!

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