This is a subject that it's really nagging at me. I know there are threads already opened up about this, but I think I need an opinion specifically regarding the examples below, cause I've read the threads and they just didn't click. One examples: Let's say I got inspired by the timeline framework in the novel I read before: Specifically the story is told in the present and past and goes back and forth every chapter. But with a meaningful pattern, by switching the time on specific points in the story. So I've decided to use either the same idea regarding the timeline switches or a similar one. But I don't have anything else similar in my story or the plot. Do you think this makes my story less original? Another example: Using typical characters: Businessman. Or Housewife. Or Teenage. Or woman/man with a past of sexual abuse. Or determined and passionate detective. Depending on your genre. At what point does the level of similarity makes your character (anr/or the story) less original? Another: Let's take Suspense. When the plot and/or the story is completely different (though we are still in the lane of suspense), using similar (or even same, or common) ways to feed the build-up of suspense, does this perhaps makes the story less original? Any thoughts?