By - Motor-Telephone-7249
I will advise, 7 similar stories that are not the same stories may very well be a 'niche' that establishes that someone who reads and likes one of your books will read and like (and buy!) ALL of your books.
I don't buy Dresden files novels because I want a light-hearted romance novel. I buy them because I want a gritty wizard detective against impossible supernatural odds who must compromise on his morality to achieve a morally unsatisfying but justified ending.
I don't buy Grisham novels for his dry take on high fantasy when I expect complicated plots tied up in American legal culture and court systems.
Read different books, that simple.
happy cake day, person who is entirely correct.
We can only write what we know, expand your horizons, experience new things and journal it, don’t rush to write it down, digest these new experiences, try to understand them
1) if you look into structuralism and Joseph Campbell there’s a lot of literature stating that they’re is really only a few TYPES of stories, a reoccurring structure…
And 2) not to get preachy but you might be trying to change something in your own life that’s effecting you. If you have an unhealed wound, from childhood for example, your writing could be trying to fix/soothe that subconscious pain.
It worked for Dan Brown, Ian Fleming, Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson... If the story formula works then perhaps work on character development as the series continues.
You need to branch out. Have you ever written short stories, stories of different genres, etc.? Perhaps try some writing prompts or exercises to work your creative muscles.
I cant use prompts for my life
Ask Dan Brown if this is a viable career path heh
You probably jsut like it and feel like you're best at it.
I suggest for your next story you take a step back and just quickly plan out and write the *anti-you* story. The hero and villain role are switched. Several things about the nature of the story are inverted, for instance if you often write grand quests with lots of travel, write a story set entirely in one room. If the good guy normally wins, let the villain win. or make it a tie or something.
Then do it again but this time with reversing some other things.
These stories don't even have to be good, you just have to finish them and try to make them good for what they are. This process should help open your mind up a bit to different story paths.
You can also try thinking of different and specific goals for each story. Like, say you want to write a horror story and you want it to be as scary as possible. Gear everything about the story--setting, characters, plot, pacing, etc. to be as scary as possible. Then think of the same thing but for a comedy story with everything being as funny as possible. You should hopefully be coming up with different stories for different purposes. I suspect you may not have specific goals in your mind when you write stories now other than writing a cool story, and because your goal is the same every time, and you're the same writer, you end up writing the same story every time.
Also everyone is gonna say read more books and they're right. You should even try genres you have drop dead zero interest in because the critically acclaimed stuff from there might just teach you the most about other things stories can do.
There are a lot of ways to go about this. What you need to do is:
1. Diversify. Sit down and start building profiles of different characters, really try to differentiate them from each other.
2. Figure out your own preferences. Find the stories that you like and pull the elements from them that you enjoy. I have 3 WIPs, and they're all whimsical fantasies with dark undertones because that's what I enjoy writing and reading. Despite this, I think that they're different enough in their plots, characters and worlds because they all embody different aspects that I enjoy.
3. Remember, not every author is going to be a master of characters, plot AND world building. Stephen King is extremely successful, despite the fact that all of his characters are slight variations of the same cardboard cutouts. It works for King because he doesn't have to be a master of character when the plots he makes are as interesting as they are. You'll find your strength as you practice
Authorship isn't being able to write many different stories. It's about being able to fool the readers into reading the same story over and over again.