Fellow Writers: Nothing New Under the Sun

There is nothing new under the sun.

We’ve all heard that saying, and as writers we hate it. A lot. We want to write something new, fresh, inventive. We want to be original. We want to write something the world has never seen. Tell that story that’s never been told.

Or has it?

It is true that there really is nothing new under the sun. Nothing. We do something more incredible than creating something new (since that can’t be done). We, writers, take ideas and mold them together to create something relatively “new”. We take mythology and put a modern twist on it. We take the common murder with motive and make it a new story.

People don’t really change. We pretty much know every kind of person there is. Characters are simply nonexistent people (I hate saying that; it hurts) that we fall in love with. Mixing characters with amazing personalities and characteristics with a “fresh” storyline makes for a great read. But the truth is this: There is nothing new under the sun.

But there is another truth: We have the ability to take what is old and make it brand new, and sometimes more beautiful.

This is my opinion. Do my fellow writers agree? If not, please tell me why. Let’s discuss it!

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9

2 thoughts on “Fellow Writers: Nothing New Under the Sun

  1. Yes, this is so true! I constantly worry about the fact that my stories aren’t original enough–but in reality, we’re all just recycling ideas from each other. What makes them different from each other in the way that they’re written. I’ve learned that for a novel to be ‘original’ the idea doesn’t really have to be hardly used before, because there’s no such thing (in my opinion, anyway). It all depends on the writer and how they’re written the story in terms of twists from an original tale (eg, a fairytale) and making it something that readers haven’t read a thousand times before.

    Great post! (:

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    1. Thank you! Yes, nothing has “never been used” in terms of story ideas! I believe the best way for a writer to make their book stand out from the rest is twists in strong plots with strong, well-developed characters! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Feel free to share this with other writers! 😀

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