Coming up with fresh and original ideas is probably one of the toughest aspect to being a writer. Just when you think you got something unique, you find out that someone else wrote about a story that is similar in tone to what you created. It can be frustrating to say the least. Hollywood wants writers to have something completely original but yet they are doing “reboots” like there’s no tomorrow. Coming up with an idea that no one has ever thought of is a feat in itself. I don’t know how other writers deal with this. It’s hard to keep one’s creative juices flowing knowing that your idea probably was already written four or five times prior. Needless to say, we trudge through and put pen to paper and write. We become the eternal optimist and have faith that the story we created is both fresh and new. It’s the only way we can keep our juices flowing. We just have to put on our blinders and write as if we’re the only writer left on this planet Earth. I don’t know how my other colleagues handle this, but this is how I keep my creative juices flowing. My voice is unique and that is fine by me.