|And these two? A mechanized Roland and Oliver.|
And what is that phrase we shout, which gives us such courage? What words could possibly push back that darkness, and give us the wherewithal to step into the light and proclaim that our stories deserve to be heard?
You've Never Seen it Like This Before!
So what if your sci-fi novel is just a retelling of the Trojan War, but with space marines and galactic empires? There are two questions, and only two, which you need to answer. Number one: is that a story you want to tell? And, more importantly, number two: is it a story that people want to read? Because if the answer to both of those things is yes, then it's time for you to get cracking.
|Seriously, what the hell are you waiting for?|
I can promise you right now that any idea you have for a novel has been done by someone, in some way, before. I can also promise you that those other authors didn't write the book the same way you would. So, no matter how many zombie apocalypse stories, or Cold War spy thrillers, or just Westerns there are on the market, that doesn't invalidate your book. After all, The Expendables was just a Frankenstein of every 80s action movie trope and actor we could find, but even though it didn't do anything different, it was unique enough to put a lot of butts in a lot of seats.
That could be your book. Even if it looks like something we've all seen before on the surface, the tone, characters, and specific plot will be unique to you. And, of course, there's always the chance that your readership has never read the older inspirations, so you'll feel new to them, even if you're hitting a lot of classic notes.
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