Thursday, September 11, 2014

Has every story already been told?

Happy Thursday, campers!

Today's topic: has every story already been told?

I've talked about this before, and as time has gone by, my perspective has changed. I think now is a good time to revisit this topic.

I've seen, heard, and read writers and non-writers alike say that every story has already been told. I used to argue vehemently that was not the case. Now, I somewhat retract my statement.


If you look at the bare bones of a story, yes it's been told before.

A person is placed in an unfamiliar situation, and they suddenly have to do things they've never done before in order to survive and grow.

Boy/girl meets boy/girl love comes along swimmingly and then a family member or life event tests their relationship. They either live happily ever after or they part ways.

Yeah, we've all seen and read them before. Yes, those basic premises run through every book - and even every movie. No one can deny that.

However, what changes are the details. You could give the same story line to 5 different writers, and you will get 5 different stories. THAT is what makes writing great. We all have different voices, different stories, different forms of creativity. That's what I love about being an author. There are so many of us. We each have our own voices, our own history, and our own takes on stories. There is a place for each and every one of us in the literary world. We may all be given the same blank canvas, but each final masterpiece is something completely unique and beautiful.

So sure, you can say that every story has been told. To some extent, you would be right. You'd also be right if you said they haven't. So if you're looking for a fresh, new story, take a look at my books!

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