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Some Things Can’t Be Duplicated

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  1. Hi, I was Googling “some things can’t be duplicated” and came up on your site. I agree with this. I’ve been on Prozac since last summer and have recently read “Prozac Nation.” I then got the idea to write about my depression and Prozac experience, but now I feel the definitive book on the subject already exists. Is it wrong for me to want to write my own? Everyone tells me my story is different, but I can’t seem to convince myself of that. I feel what I would do would just pale in comparison. As far as I know no one else has written about being on Prozac, so should I even bother?

    1. Hi Jamie,

      When it comes to personal experiences, you’re the only one who can write about what happened to you. It’s not about the “definitive” work, it’s about your story. You’re not writing a scientific paper, you’re writing something that’s personal to you, from a perspective no one else has. When you look at it that way, your book will actually be the “definitive work” on your experience. I think, if it’s something you really want to do, you should definitely write it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your book!

    “3 – Find 3-5 books that you think are similar to your idea. For each book, you need to explain what your book offers that the competing title misses. And try your best to pick newer titles. If you propose that your book idea will be competing against 5 books that were all written in the mid 1990s, that tells the publisher that your idea is dead, otherwise someone would have written about it in the past 15 years!”

    More proof that my Prozac experience book idea is a bad one. Not only has the most definitive book on the subject been written, but it was wriiten more then 20 years ago!

    1. Hi Jamie,
      From what you’re telling me, it sounds like you’re looking for someone to talk you into writing this book despite yourself. I can’t and won’t do that. Writing, especially on a topic this personal, isn’t something you should go into on a whim. It’s not an easy undertaking to write any book, especially one that intimate, and you need to possess a strong internal drive to carry you through the difficult parts. It won’t be just getting the book on paper, that’s only the beginning.

      If you don’t feel that drive (and please don’t take this in a bad way, but based on your messages, I honestly don’t think you do), my advice would be to let the idea rest until you can’t help yourself. I’m sorry if this isn’t the response you were hoping for, but it’s the best I can offer. Best of luck to you.

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