I was watching an online video the other day about the development of ideas and how some are more successful than others, while being more or less the same thing. The example they focused on was the Macintosh computer - a direct copy more or less of an earlier model by a different company that was just made popular by superior marketing strategies and a cheaper price. The video was more less trying to say that no matter what you come up with for an idea, it is not unique. My signature quotes from the video.
This gave me a lot of heart. I watched this video - about 10mins long - in the middle of writing out some serious plans for a novel idea I have had in my head for a long time. Nothing in my story will be unique - I accept that - but I really haven't read anything like what I am planning. So now, with my central plot and characters drawn up I plan to make a start as soon as I feel I am ready to do so.
I don't mind that my story may have been told before. Because no idea is unique. But only some variations are executed successfully, and that's what I have to aim for.
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