I'm a Whale of a Fail.
September 29, 2010 3:35 AM Subscribe
WritingFilter: Writers, what are some tips and tricks for coming up with awesome, totally original concepts? Or, conversely, what can I do to make sure my derivative stuff is top-notch derivative?
posted by the NATURAL to writing & language (15 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
TL snowflaking: As an aspiring screenwriter, my biggest weakness is my ability to come up with original concepts. My first two full-length screenplays were purposefully based on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Descent, respectively, as I tried to use the archetypes as a learning crutch. But now when I try to come up with my newest concept, it's invariably derivative of something that I enjoy and, worse, have probably recently seen.
"An old man wants to explore his mind and..." Oh wait, Inception and/or Eternal Sunshine.
"A man working alone in a remote environment starts to be bothered by paranormal phenomenon..." Oh wait, Moon.
Please, please help me stop this!
... Or, failing that, turn me into the Joe Carnahan of writing.