Before I get into my blog, I want to tell everyone about a good friend of all of us at M&M, a fellow Book Cents Babe who will guest blog on Wednesday. Anita Clenney will tell us about chasing the elusive dream from starting out as a wannabe writer to publication. She's pretty qualified to talk about this since she just got the call on her Scottish warrior paranormal romance. Yeah, Anita. I'll let her tell you the juicy details on Wednesday.
Now onto the topic.
Okay, you've come up with an original idea...Oh wait! You read a book similar to that several years ago, or you saw an episode of "Law and Order" that was kinda like it. Actually, you can think of several stories that used your "original" premise.
Now quit whining and keep reading. "How can you come up with an original idea?" you ask. I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you probably can't. Now don't go getting all discouraged on me. The truth is, unless you've come up with a plot line so far out there no one else has attempted it, you're using a "tried and true" idea.
To quote NY Times Bestseller and fantastic motivational speaker, Bob Mayer, every idea has already been done. The difference comes in the "transfer to story, usually through unique character, unique setting, unique POV and unique intent."
Easy for him to say!
My Romantic Suspense is about a team of operatives whose main character is a woman who's emerged from a deep undercover assignment scarred because of what a certain villain did to her. This is so great, I thought. I am so freakin' creative, sometimes I scare myself.
Anyone watching "24" this season? Renee could be my heroine. A woman so psychologically damaged by a bad guy, she thinks no one could ever love her again.
Then I came up with a great story about my Bunco group. I've known some of these women over twenty years. We laugh together, cry together, even vacation once a year together. There is no collection of funnier women on this planet. I'm back to being a legend in my own mind again.
Found "Bunco Babes Gone Wild" by Maria Geraci when I Googled Bunco.
Well double hell!
I hope by now you're getting the message and already thinking about ways to turn your "original" idea into a great story. I'd love to hear how you're going to do it.
Oh, I almost forgot. I do have one story about a woman who has to steal a sperm specimen from a perfect stranger. Bet you've never seen that one at Barnes and Noble!