Have you ever heard "Your story's just not original enough?" But, what is original these days?
Take me, I'm trying to write a vampire novel (and if that's not bad enough it's set in a schooling environment). Now, as soon as I mention vampire I get the whole "oh, like Twilight" or "not another one". When I put the two words together (Vampire School) the comments get even less favourable.
So, I know the importance of trying to think of original ideas (in my defense I've been working on Haven for over 5 years to get every aspect right).
I have absorbed everything to do with vampires and, believe it or not, most of the stories I've read have a spin on the legends from vampires that glitter in the sun to vampires that have come out in the open to vampires being the main creature on the earth with humans being rare and hunted. All of these stories have something that makes them different.
Now, this is a vampire I can sink my teeth into.
Yummy. (for anyone not knowing, this is Damon from
What makes mine different? I've got mortal vampires. My werewolves look like giant porcupines with dragon nozzles. My witches suck the life energy from living things. And other things, but that's best to be kept a secret in fear of ruining the story.
P.S. I think I have to change the title of Haven. I just found out that there's a book called Haven set to be released in 2011 (damn it)... so still trying to figure out what I'm going to call it.
How do you handle originality and have you ever tried to put a spin on an overused concept?