Being a Zebra

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

Be a zebra in the midst of horses.

Yet another quote from Dr. Freeman’s presentation at Write!Canada… and yet another sentiment that’s easier said than done! How on earth are we supposed to be a zebra amidst horses? And how do we know when we’ve actually achieved that coveted zebra-ness? Maybe it’s something you know innately… or maybe it’s something we have to wait and hear from critique groups, agents, readers…

I’m not entirely sure how to be a zebra. There are no “original” story ideas anymore, it’s just a matter of how the story is told, so maybe that’s where we need to focus.

Then there’s how we market ourselves, how we use social media, how we adapt to new & changing technology and industry trends, and finding our unique voice. All things which, I think, contribute to our zebra-ness… unless we want to be horses, that is.

Do you know how you’re earning your stripes? I have yet to figure out how to get mine. Then again, would I know I’m a zebra unless someone else told me? As far as I know, horses & zebras don’t look in the mirror that often… but that’s another matter entirely. ;)

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3 comments so far


I was just thinking about this today. I mean, if you try to be truly original, won’t the publishing industry say, “Well, there’s not market for this.” But if you write (or are) a horse, there’s the possibility of “too many horses out there, sorry!”

July 22nd, 2010 at 1:28 am

Did you photoshop that pic yourself? I love how the horses are turned in the zebra’s direction as if saying, weirdo. I just write what I want to write and console myself by saying none of my novels have been published because they’re too “original.” ^_^

July 23rd, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Lydia — Ahh, it’s such a catch-22! I guess we just have to write what we want to write and hope that someone out there is looking for either zebras or a very lucky horse…

Barbara — I didn’t photoshop it! I’m not that talented, haha. It’s actually from a website called FloridaZebras.com. Weird! LOL. And, that’s a very good way to console yourself… unfortunately, I think that would only work so long for me… haha. But writing what you want to write = a good plan, regardless!

July 26th, 2010 at 2:52 am