Plot too cliche?

by Caitlin
(Canada)

Question: Hello. I was thinking about writing a story about young people with powers (like mutants). I don't have much in my head about it, but its sitting there, waiting to be turning into something enjoyable. Problem is, is it too cliche for readers to enjoy? What can I do to make it better? I'm a beginner and don't want to rush to much. I also care too much on how readers will think about my story (I'm really nervous about it).


Answer: You're right that there have been many books and stories about young people with powers.

I suspect there are two things you need to stand out. First, you need to make your book different - in the same way that Twilight was different from the vampire books that came before. You need to do something with this type of character that no one has done, whether that's making your characters different in some way, mixing in elements from a different genre, putting them in a different type of situation, having them tackle a different type of problem, etc.

The second thing is to a write with a unique style or voice - perhaps from the point of view of a character who is distinct, unusual, and charming.

It may take you a bit of reflection and soul searching to find a way to meet these two criteria, but that's what sets the great writers apart.

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