Most writers, especially the members of Georgia Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America, have all be told at one time or another that if you give a group of writers a concept, word, etc. and tell them to write a story about it, each writer will create something different. No two stories will be the same. This is all assuming writers don't plagiarize.
How do we know that? There are only a certain number of plots out there. How many? Funny you should ask. There are many different answers. I have heard 7, 20, 37 and 69. Who is right? Who is wrong? The fact is it doesn't matter. What's important to note is that the experts agree that there are a limited number of plots writers can use to create stories. Now think about how many stories are out there in all the various genres available to the consumer.
What makes these stories different? It is your voice, the choice of words, how the words are strung together, pacing, emphasis on certain words or phrases, genre, world view, opinions, education, background and experiences that make your story unique.
Explore the number of plots:
So let's prove the following theory:
Give a group of writers a line, blurb, concept, word, etc. and instruct a group of writers to create a story. None of those stories will be the same as long as there is no plagiarism.
I am going to provide the concept, and I would like you to come up with a story. All I'm looking for is a few lines to describe your story. Please post your creations as a comment to this blog. To make this exercise even more interesting, get some friends to join us.
All of us know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl going to grandma's house who is eaten by a wolf. Now, your job is to insert a romance into the fairytale.
If you need to refresh your memory, here is a link to the story as retold by Rohini Chowdhury:
The only limits to this exercise are the ones you impose on yourself. If you come up with more than one story idea, post them. Now go have some fun.
NOTE: I want to apologize up front for not responding to your ideas during the day. My company blocks blogs, so I can't jump in during my lunch hour. So I will catch up with you all tonight. I look forward to reading about great story ideas.