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There are no new ideas.

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard that before. Usually right after you ask a group of people if “your” new idea has been done before.

The truth is, there are probably only about seven different concepts out there. (Just look at any romance novel. Two people. Insurmountable obstacle they must overcome. Happy ending.) The trick is to put your spin on it to make it into something no one has ever read before.

And that can be tough. Luckily, I’ve come up with a pretty good way of doing just that. And for the bargain price of $9.95—cash only sent to an undisclosed P.O. Box—oh wait, that’s my late night infomercial rate. You all get the YA Highway discount!

So, you have a great idea. You want to make it even better. But how. It goes something like this. You want to write about vampires, but everyone knows they are SO overdone. You need to put a spin on them, make them unlike anything out there. Try this.

Vampires. What if they were all not gorgeous? Hmmm, ugly vampires. What if garlic attracted them? Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. They like to hang out at Italian eateries. What if they didn’t drink blood? So they hang out at Italian restaurants, drinking…. marinara! Bingo! Now you have your plot! Obviously the restaurant owner is not going to be happy about a bunch of vampires drinking all his red sauce. How can he sell his pasta dishes without it right? But lets make it even more interesting. Unbeknownst to him, his Maitre d IS a vampire. And he lets in all his buddies after hours. But what if one night, they run out? And they are still hungry?

Will they pillage the next fine dining establishment? Will they take to the grocery stores and wreck havoc on the premade sauces? Can you see the panic that would ensue when no one would be able to make pasta!!

Voila! You now have a completely unique and never before done storyline that publishers will be lining up to buy! (Think of the cross-market potential! Fiction and Cookbook!) Heck, maybe there can even be a section in the back on the vampire’s favorite recipes?

So now you see how it’s done. Now go out into the world young grasshopper, and create words of greatness, unforgettable characters, and maybe even a new recipe for marinara!

So how do you put your own spin on an old idea?

Lee Bross

Lee lives her happily ever after on the coast of Maine where she has written Tangled Webs, her historical YA debut, and fantasy YA books Fates and Chaos under pen name Lanie Bross. She also writes contemporary books for New Adult under the name L.E. Bross, debuting with Right Where You Are.

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  1. Ha! I have an idea notebook, and just last week I was jotting down an idea. The first line read, "There are no new ideas." That's because my idea was something I had written as a short story years ago, but which had never been quite right. Then, I thought what if instead of a short story it was a novel, and what if instead of his perspective it was from her perspective, and then my imagination just sort of ran away with it.

  2. Hahaha - hilarious, Lee. I was totally pulling out my wallet before I got to the special YA Highway discount rate . . . :P

  3. LOL--good stuff. I think you may have a hit with that vampire idea. :) I'm actually looking for a way to "modernize" one of my favorite Shakespeare plays for th YA world. I know that it's been done before, but I'm hoping the lightbulb will switch on shortly.

  4. Your marinara-vampire idea sounds as sweet as my veal-scallopini-werewolf WIP!

  5. You guys have actuall just inspired a new post from me. :) Check it out:

  6. Oh! I just made a new post on new ideas! I didn't even realize you posted this! LOL.

  7. Too funny. I come up with ideas by asking what-if questions.

  8. A great way to find new twists to make your story unique!
    I will be waiting for your marinara vampire story ;)


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