How can I sell my story ideas?
When I go to my editor with a story idea, she always
says: We've done that story or covered that issue. She says
she can't see doing the story again. In some cases, I agree
with her. But if I go along with her objections, I'll never
get to cover anything but town parades, council meetings and
annual blood drives. What can I say to her? -- Been There,
Dear Been There,
First thing: Print out in 20-point type this priceless observation
from the great German writer Johann Wolfgang van Goethe, and
tape it to your computer:
"The most original authors are not so because they advance
what is new, but because they put what they have to say as
if it had never been said before."
In your next town-parade or annual-blood-drive story, surprise
your editor by showing that you can put the above into practice.
That should start things moving in a fresh direction.
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