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THIS Is The Difference Between Amateur And Pro Writers
So, every now and again I will be on Twitter or Facebook and a writer will post about their work in progress, asking for feedback for their story/concept. It might be a novel or a screenplay and it might even be a half-decent pitch in terms of actual layout, language and The 3 Cs – clarity, conflict & characters.
Probably because of this, my heart will sink even further for them. Why?
Because the concept will be exactly like everything I’ve heard before.
You know the type: we’re talking the USUAL – vampires and werewolves; X Men-type super beings; a teen girl standing up to the system like Katniss in The Hunger Games or Triss in Divergent; time-travelling guys and their companions like Dr Who; duos investigating the paranormal like Mulder & Scully; Ken Loach-style teens destroying their lives; a disparate bunch going on a road trip like in Little Miss Sunshine to learn what’s important.
In other words, at pitch level it merely comes across as a REHASH of what we’ve seen before. Nooooooo!
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