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