One of my biggest problems is trying to stay original. I was writing a "Vampire" story which in itself isn't very original but when I told a friend about a side plot line I had come up with, the first thing she said was, "Do you mean like in so and so?" and I said, "Don't tell me anything!" I did not want to be accused of ripping off someone else's ideas and using them for myself. I know in the world of story telling there are only a few true plot lines out there so making your story unique and read worthy is hard. My friend who is a theater major told me that the only real story is the story of the journey. Sounds over simplified, but it makes sense. So how to stay creative and not be so out of the box that everyone ignores my work? I suppose a story about talking telephone poles would be interesting for a chapter or two, but since you don't see many movies about talking telephone poles the story might not garner an audience. If I keep writing vampire stories then I am riding a wave of popularity in order to get my art out to the public. I actually think vampires are over done and only used a few concepts in the book so I could use the word vampire in the title. Probably false advertising, but what can I do? Breaking into the writing world seems about as hard as breaking into the pop music world. If you don't go with the flow and the fad, you will be left behind, but if you do go with the flow and the fad you are accused of having no imagination and no originality. Help.