Is yours an original idea?

Is yours an original idea?

It is not always easy to develop an original idea and give it the form of a literary creation (as it is often said: everything has been invented). But you have to try. Do not resort to clichés and literary clichés so often used in books, film or theater scripts….. There are many centuries of literary creation, so finding an original, fresh, unique idea is not going to be easy, but you have to try. 

Yes, you can always resort to the fact that there is a lack of time to devote to creativity. You can always end up resorting to the excuse “I can’t” but you have to take the risk, we all have something to tell from unique experiences, which are our own.

Clichés and clichés

It will not be difficult for the experienced reader to identify, in the books he or she reads, a lot of clichés, commonplaces or clichéd characters. Here are some of the most recurrent ones.

It was all a dream

Cliché expanded in Spain by the scriptwriter of the TV series Los Serrano -although he was not the first one- is usually a very used resource by the author who does not know how to close his story. So, when this happens, it is easy: it was a dream. A variant of the dream is to say that the story was something imagined by the character.

It is not a matter of eliminating the dream resource from the development of a literary piece. It can be done, but without causing confusion in the character (even if the intention is to provoke surprise, the final result is often confusion).

The death that is not death

Another commonplace. It usually involves someone close to the protagonist -not the protagonist, of course-. They are usually presumed dead, although their body did not appear because they perished in some kind of catastrophe (the sinking of a ship, a war, an explosion). It is better to say what happened, without talking about the death of the character. Let the reader draw his own conclusions.

Do not confuse between this undead dead or variants such as someone pretending to be dead because they want to kill him. Differences between one and the other case? Well, in the second option the reader is not deceived, something fundamental. From the beginning it is known that the character is not dead, since it is revealed by the writer as part of the plot.

If at random… but previously planned.

Anyone can win the lottery or meet someone in the street. Chance and chance are part of our lives. However, the story should not be left to develop randomly, without a previous planning. The protagonist of a story must have a prior motivation that drives him or her to act. The pages of a novel have a reason for being, they detail the way to get there.

Is it really me?

Another cliché. The protagonist, who lives his anonymous life carefree, does not know that he is the chosen one. In this case the protagonist is usually the bearer of an object characterized by something special. Either he inherited it from his parents or grandparents… or, in addition, it has some kind of mark that makes it unique. Maybe someone -usually a relative- knows the secret of the object, but keeps it secret to protect the protagonist.

The key to finding hidden treasure, or to discovering that one has magical powers. One, the other or both elements serve to turn the possessor of the object (usually a man) into the protagonist and hero of the story. Of course, it is possible that such a distinction exists, but, for the story to carry weight, the possessor must overcome trials and difficulties to be a true hero.

The resource of the stumble

A cliché also widely exploited in film scripts and advertising storytelling. In this case, the protagonist, usually clumsy and/or absent-minded, is at a party, someone bumps into him and stains him with a drink. Or two people stumble on the street, drop what they are carrying – often books – on the ground and start a relationship. It is the cliché that starts a romantic story. Something absolutely predictable.

And the cliché of the stumble also applies to the detective who finds the murderer after finding, previously, a proof that is before his eyes. Or for the protagonist to find his biological mother thanks to a photograph that appears in the most unexpected place. It is necessary to work on it a little more or the reader will abandon, bored, the reading.