What’s the point of writing if everything has already been said?
Many writers face this alarming question at some point. Every time I enter a bookstore, I wonder, Does anybody need to write anything more about anything?
That there is nothing new under the sun is true, of course, if for no other reason than that it’s from the Bible. King Solomon wrote, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again…”
So what is the point?
Is it really worth it to labor over your story idea or nonfiction message when someone else has already trod that ground?
The Short Answer: Yes!
You know what makes your message unique? You do!
Regardless how many authors or scriptwriters or bloggers are already proclaiming the same message, you feel compelled to say it again.
Why? Because it’s that important, and because no one can write it the way you can.
Oh, there may be better writers, and they may have even included slants you’ve never thought of.
But they can’t write your book.
And don’t worry, you won’t be merely adding to the noise. If you’re careful not to copy, to imitate, or to mimic, your unique voice on the subject will be welcomed in the marketplace of ideas.
1. Because your take will be one-of-a-kind and will appeal to people like you.
They’ll resonate with you because you understand them. Your story will reflect their stories.
Stay away from trends and fads that can be passé already by the time you’re done. Publishers will look kindly on fresh perspectives on a topic of universal interest.
Entering a space with so many voices means others are selling books like yours. That proves there’s demand for it.
2. Because there’s more to say on the topic.
Countless readers with distinct tastes and struggles and desires may not have connected with the competing books the way they might with yours.
People have trouble getting into books for plenty of reasons:
Maybe it started slow and they lost patience.
Maybe the author’s approach wasn’t interesting.
Maybe they didn’t resonate with the writer’s experience.
But your book could be the one that will strike a chord with them.
3. Because last time, no one was listening.
André Gide says, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
To truly grasp a concept, people need to see it, hear it, read it multiple times in multiple ways.
Infuse your book with yourself, your character, your personality, your voice, your angle. Yours could be the fresh perspective that makes all the difference.
How will you give your story a unique perspective? Tell me in the comments below.