AKA Are You an Original or Do You Follow the Beaten Path and Make It Your Own?
While working on a project with my 8-year-old son, I came to realize that being original may not always be the answer.
He had to make a pyramid. It could be constructed out of anything. Most students were using sugar cubes or marshmallows to create their pyramids. My son and I decided to be different – we would use Q-tips and cotton balls.
Original? Yes. Easy? No way.
When writing short contemporary, we’re told that many of the stories have already been told. It’s the characters and who they are that sets the stories apart from each other.
But, how can that be? I don’t see any Sil. Desires with wedding planners or Blazes with babies. A wedding planner might not be awkward in a Desire, but I have a distinct feeling an unexpected baby would change the tone of a Blaze.
Can you make a pyramid with coins? Yes, but it would be bulky and not very picturesque.
So I come to realize that it may not necessarily be the originality of the idea but the way the writer tells the story.
Do we have to be original with our stories? Or is it more the uniqueness of our voice that sets us apart?
How do you add something original to your story?