Write It Sideways

How to Steal a Plot for Your Book (and get away with it)

Creating the full-fledged plot for a novel can be a difficult process.

There are many elements you need to consider before you can be assured of its strength and readability. Maybe you have some great ideas, but you’re having trouble working them into the correct story structure.

An easy way to know you’re on the right track is simply to get sneaky:

Steal someone else’s ideas.

Will they mind? Of course, unless you take their ideas and make them your own. Be assured, you can steal someone else’s plot and easily revamp it into something completely unrecognizable–even to the original story’s author.

Is it immoral? No way. There are only so many basic stories in the world. All the rest are simply variations of each other.

Famous Examples of Fiction Thieves

There are probably thousands upon thousands of examples of books based on other books, but here are 3 I’ve thought up off the top of my head:

Each of these books borrows or builds upon elements from classic literature in some way, and have been all the more successful for it.

How to Steal Fiction

Whether you plan on using this system as a creative writing exercise, or you’re actually going to write an entire novel based on something you’ve read elsewhere, here are 7 key ways to steal fiction and get away with it:

Have you ever tried this for yourself, and if so, did you find it helpful? Do you have other suggestions to add to the list?

Please share other examples of books you’ve read which are somehow borrowed from other works of fiction.