We’re in the 21st century. There’s no new idea or perspective.
“No new thing under the sun…”
But what about all those “original” works or art?
Even books that are considered fresh and new and o-r-i-g-i-n-a-l have ideas that already existed.
The way I see it is a book either works, is halfway there, or just plain doesn’t. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with the plot or characters directly, but rather how a book is written.
If a book is written well, it’ll be compelling enough that the author can use only cliché plot lines and the reader will say, “The author took a cliché and made it captivating and new.”
The halfway books are the ones that the reader finishes and says, “It was okay, but the same story I’ve read a hundred times.”
The books that don’t make it are what I personally call trash fiction. It’s only enjoyable if the reader specifically wants to read a certain plot line, but isn’t worried about anything else. It’s like the reality T.V. of fiction. You know what you’re going to get. (Or, these are books where the writer tried really hard to be original and it fell flat.)
The point is writing shouldn’t be worrying about giving your story an original plot line, character, idea, perspective, and whole bunch of other things and synonyms. We already know that it’s not actually possible to create something new.
Instead, writing should be about creating your best work and making your story beautiful. And it won’t be because a specific character is soooo unique. The writing itself causes the reader to love the story and feel as though it’s like something they’ve never read before.
So, chill out. Write.