Ah, the great philosopher Yogi Berra, he had a way with words. But this is how I am feeling while plotting my NaNoWriMo story.
I have decided to write a “real” world fantasy story, real in the sense of no magic or non-human sentient life. At it’s basic level it is a story of a young man who finds out the value of hard work, while another has to over come treachery from those he should be able to trust.
But hasn’t this story been told before?
Ok, maybe not in the same story, but Frodo had to over come the treachery of Boromir and others that should have been on his side? How could I possible tell a similar tale when a master like Tolkien has already told it?
Part me says, so what, what story hasn’t been told yet. If I feel my characters are original enough and the setting is interesting enough, why not tell me story even if it is similar to so many others that have been told.
So this brings me back to my post title and a question for all you writers that happen by this:
Should you shy away from a story line if it has been done before?
Or, can you tell a story that has been told before, as long as you put your own unique point of view?