Okay, there’s a big issue going on right now. Basically, it’s all about ‘is my novel unique enough?’ and then people stop writing their novels because they are worried that it isn’t. Let me tell you this- I’ve stopped more than one novel because I was afraid I was copying.
And maybe I was, I don’t know.
The thing is, there is no new idea in this world by now. Want to write a story about a rebellion? It’s been done. Want to write a story about a space ship? Done. Over and over and over again. But the thing is… each of those novels were successful. Why? Because each of them had an element that made them special and unique.
Here are some simple tips to making sure your novel is unique.
1. Change the time-period.
If you want to write a book about aliens invading the world, well, go for it. But, I mean, Independence Day? So change the time period. Make it Medieval. Train a group of knights to fight against the strange ships that come from the sky.
2. Change your tense/pov
People often say that Divergent is too much like Hunger Games. Honestly, other than the fact that it is in a futuristic world and people don’t get to choose what they do… I don’t see it. If Veronica Roth had made it third person, past tense, I doubt anyone would have judged her. So change the POV and you’ll have an entirely different perspective.
3. Change the scenery
If the book/movie you are afraid that you are copying is set in Iceland… make your book in a tropical paradise. If you do this, most people won’t even think of comparing.
4. Give your character a darker twist to avoid cliche
Okay, we’ve all heard the story of the knight rescuing the princess from the dragon. Some people like to flip it on their head and say that the dragon was rescuing the princess from the knight. But what if you gave it an even darker twist? Say that the knight was rescuing the dragon from the bloodthirsty princess? Even if your story is so cliché, all you have to do is give it a sinister and darker twist. People won’t even notice the original then.
What are your success stories for making your novel unique? Share in the comments below!