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With so many books out in print, it seems impossible difficult to come up with original ideas but everyday hundreds of new books are published. Whenever I come up with ideas, I'm always second-guessing myself, assuming that it's not even worth attempting because it's probably already been written. Do you know of a website where you can type in a brief summary of your idea to see if it has already been written/published? Thanks in advance! - Jonathan Abrahams
I'm not aware of any such websites but it's not necessary to have one. According to Christopher Booker, there are only seven basic plots in the whole world -- plots that are recycled again and again in novels, movies, plays and operas. Those seven plots are: 1.Overcoming the Monster, 2.Rags to Riches, 3.The Quest, 4.Voyage and Return, 5.Rebirth, 6.Comedy and 7.Tragedy.
My analogy is there is only one way to make pancakes but hundreds of recipes, buttermilk being my favorite and chocolate chop being my wife's. So pick a plot and write your own version.
Stop worrying and start writing.
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