But have you had the opposite happen? You feel like you need to write something and can't come up with an original idea? I suppose it depends on the writer. But here are a few suggestions that can be used to take an ordinary idea and flip it on its head OR take that shiny new idea that's not going anywhere and uncover the hidden gold.
- Flip the premise around. Let's take a tired idea as an example. Girl falls for mysterious guy who is really a demon/werewolf/vampire/paranormal creature. Eh. How about if he tries to get her to fall for him, but she isn't interested and it turns out she's actually a demon hunter who has become the hunted? A little better...
- Change the gender roles. What if it's a girl that's the creature and the normal boy falls for her? Still not great, but it's got more promise.
- Take a necessary supporting character and look at it from her POV. Maybe it's about a girl who knows the guy's secret all along and has loved him for years, but has to watch as he makes a fool of himself going after the other girl.
- Combine several: The girl above has to protect the demon from the hunter because he can't see the danger ahead. Yeah, I like that one. What do you think?
Sometimes it takes time to find the heart of your story. Sometimes it's a character that won't leave you alone. Don't ever count anything as waste, you never know what will occur to you later!