It’s a great feeling if your work gets called “Original” by someone. You feel like you’ve written something special and worthwhile, something that nobody else has thought up but you. Your story is unique, and that’s why so many people will want to read it. You hope for that word “Original” as a label on your book. But soon a difficult reality strikes: To write something people will consider “Original” means you have to think way outside-the-box. This post is inspired by the post: helpingwritersbecomeauthors/originality-in-your-fiction/ and is a different take on the subject with questions and suggestions for you. This is not the only way to write, and not every story needs to be original. But if you are looking to write something that is “outside-the-box,” below are simple suggestions and things to think about.
What does it mean?
“Original” means something the reader hasn’t read or experienced before in a story until they read yours. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. With the millions of books, and even more short stories out there in the world, it’s almost impossible to write an original book in this way. And that’s okay. “Original” doesn’t have to mean that “no one in the history of the world” has ever written something similar to your work; but it can mean that your story is not the current norm: It thinks outside the box, and has unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing. This definition of “Original” is when readers have to keep guessing what will happen next, and how the overall plot will unfold. Here are some questions and tips for how you can go about “original” writing in this way:
Check your scenes.
In the story’s climax, can you predict what’s going to happen next, right away? What is it that readers will expect to happen? If the plot is too predictable, or if you want to spice things up, consider having the scene or character do the opposite, “the unexpected,” in that moment. Not every scene has to be unexpected, but adding a few moments here and there throughout chapters can help make a story and its character/s interesting, and keep readers thoroughly entertained.
Create what is unique to your world.
This is fairly obvious, and works very well in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres especially. Creating worlds, plant life, animal life, and peoples that are unique to your story give “originality” to your work. If you want to go all out, you could even create languages for your world.
Your writing style.
Usage of words.
Every writer has their own way of using words. How unique your style is can give a sense of “original writing.” Think Dr. Seuss, Terry Pratchett, and other creative authors, how out-of-the-box their use of words were, and how much we love them for it. Whether you choose a fun style, or a more serious style of writing, your use of words impacts the reader and overall reading experience.
Usage of imagery.
Similar to how you use words is how you use them to convey imagery. Bring the images to us, and make us see the world that is unique to your story. Make us see, feel, and breathe it in as if we were actually there. The more we feel like we are there and a part of your world, the more “original” your story will come across.
With these tips, come up with your own writing style that is unique to you, and a world readers can feel and breathe in that will be special to your books. Soon, you will be creating stories more and more people will feel are “original,” and outside the norm; and there’s a good chance they’ll come back wanting more! Keep in touch with the Blog and E. Rawls’ progress on V.Chronicles via the Newsletter.
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~E. Rawls, The Elusive Dreamer