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Coincidence or Sign- Part 2

August 12, 2012 by Suzi

In my short writing career, I’ve ran across several coincidences that amaze me. Coincidences between my life and my writing. I posted my first story here, and now I’ll do a second, the most recent.

I like to think that they may be signs of good things to come. Now since I haven’t gotten anything published yet, related to these signs, it just may a far-in-advance sign. We’ll see.

Not long ago I participated in the Hookers and Hangers blogfest. Another participant gave me a terrific compliment on my mini-pitch of The Proper Way to Say Goodbye, which I also included in my posting. We went back and forth in e-mail a few times and decided to beta read for each other. Although I didn’t have a summary of her story, she had her first chapter posted on her blog, and it intrigued me too.

She got mine done quickly, and I’m getting closer to finishing up her story, but the interesting thing is the coincidences between our two stories.

-suicide of a loved one

-both our main characters love to run

-absent fathers

-characters named Murphy. (Okay, hers is a dog, but still. Murphy is not a common name.)

These things are not huge, but when I got to the part where her Murphy (the dog) shows up, my mouth dropped. I couldn’t believe it.

So coincidence or sign?

I don’t know what it means, but I hope something good, for both of us.

Have you ever run into little coincidences in your writing journey?


6 Comments »

  1. I do have coincidences, and I love them. I don’t think I’ve had as many as you did in one manuscript though. Usually it’s just a point here or there that is the same. You must have met a true like-mind!

  2. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    Oh that’s funny! I’ve never had anything like that happen. It’s very interesting. Hopefully it will mean good things for both of you! :)

  3. Jeannette says:

    That’s eery. A similar thing happened to me with character names and it really bothered me, to be honest. I moped for days, wondering if it meant I was unoriginal, and just bummed by the coincidence. In my WIP, I have characters named Yannis, Dash, and Felicity. An agent requested the full, and as I was waiting for her feedback (ultimately a rejection, boo), I read the last book that came out from one of her clients… main characters were Yannick, Dash, and Felicita. Too similar.

    I’m glad you found a critique partner who thinks like you though! Maybe I was just being too touchy about it. :)

  4. Chloe Banks says:

    Yup, I have a weird coincidence with my WIP. Months and months ago after doing quite a bit of research into various things, I hit upon the idea of starting the whole novel with a quote from Edvard Munch about his painting, The Scream. When I was halfway through writing the first draft, it was suddenly announced that a copy of The Scream was going to be sold. That copy had never been sold before – and no other copy has for years – AND it’s the only copy that has a quote written on the frame – the exact same quote that I used to start my novel. Probably nobody’s mentioned The Scream in the media for years and suddenly both it and that quote in the news all the time!

    There’s another big coincidence too, but I can’t say what as it gives away a plot twist! I like to think of it as a sign, even though I’m pretty sure it’s not..

  5. Yes, I’ve definitely experienced that kind of thing, too. It’s a bit surreal. Besides similar story details, one of my CPs and I are having almost an identical publishing journey. We started at the same time, have written the same number of books, signed with our agents around the same time, and are now on submission together. It’s nice to have someone else to travel this road with! :)

  6. Janeal Falor says:

    That’s awesome you guys had so much in common. It’s wonderful to find a CP like that!

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