One year the group I write with had a competition during Nanowrimo: how quickly can you kill off your main character?
You’ve got a new idea. It’s exciting, it’s terrifying, and it’s trying to be *drumroll* a story.
Not only is Protagonist #3 a rubbish name, but it takes an age to type every time you need her to make an appearance.
I’ve been panicked as a writer for a number of years by the idea that I need a unique and original voice.
You’ve decided to write your novel/play/cereal commercial. That’s great, congratulations!
Writers deal with this question a lot, and it’s hard to answer because if you haven’t experienced that weird kismet-bubble-pop-lightning-flash-frying-pan-to-the-head moment then trying to explain your process of day dreaming about Korean dramas or the world’s unlikeliest mash ups is difficult.