“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis
I like this quote, because I sometimes feel that my stories are not original enough. I look at what the plot boils down to and think, who wants to read this again?
But I find when you boil any plot down to its essence it sounds old hat. There’s a reason we like to read the same stories over and over. There’s something true about them.