On a recent holiday in Malta I saw many things that could help me with my writing. I will be sharing one each week.
Here is point 3 I learned:
Although the buildings are the same colours, mostly apartment blocks and all have flat roofs, every building is different. Some architectural details, especially in the balconies, make each building unique in its area. Don’t use the same old plots. There are only supposed to be a small number of unique plots, but the books that succeed are creative and find a new twist. Adapt a plot from a different genre, do something unexpected. That way your story will stand out from the crowd.
The experts say there are only a few basic plots, though they can’t agree on how many. But don’t use that to excuse poor writing. The Harry Potter books were a basic boarding school story, but by mixing it with wizards and a really bad villain, it grabbed the imagination of millions of people of all ages.
Your initial idea for a story may be fairly simple, but as you develop it, look for ways to give it a twist and do something different. One of the questions you need to answer when you think about pitching your novel to an agent or publisher, or direct to readers if you self publish, is ‘What makes your book stand out from the rest?’ Bear that in mind while you’re writing it.