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You are original. I know. I get it. So am I. Everyone is.

Heaven forbid that anyone would suggest that you (or I, or anyone) should write something that was not completely original. No one wants to be derivative. And yet, how does one write a Romance without two people falling in love? Or a Crime Story without a criminal? Science Fiction without science? A War Film without some sort of combat? A Sports Movie without competition?

Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe you aren’t writing a Crime Story, a War epic, a Sports Movie, Science Fiction, or a Romance. You’re staying away from “Genre.” I get it. You don’t want to be derivative. So, you are also staying away from Horror and Western too. ...

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