Here’s the thing: I rock at settings.
I can come up with the absolute coolest setting for a book EVER. I can plan it down to the last detail, I can draw a map of it, I can make my reader see EXACTLY what I want them to see. I can develop a character bio in five minutes flat. I can communicate a family dynamic without explaining it to the reader, and I can get my MC’s voice to come across perfectly within the first chapter.
What I have a hard time with is the question of what, exactly, is going to happen in this awesome setting with these awesome characters?
After your thoughtful comments on the beginning of my new story, I’ve got some great ideas about the direction I’m going to head in. It’s going to be different than I originally thought, but I think it will be really cool.
The only problem is, I can’t figure out what’s going to happen, and anyone who’s ever been near a book can tell you that’s not good.
I think the reason I’m so stumped is that I’m trying to be super original. I feel like every idea I come up with has been done absolutely to death and I just can’t face sending something like that to an editor. I know there are only seven original plotlines in the world or whatever, but surely, SURELY I can put an original spin on one of them.
Do you ever feel like all your ideas are just ripoffs of somebody else’s? How do you get your brain to think outside the box? Any tricks for opening up your creativity?