A lot of people who have read my stories have said that they are unique. That what I'm writing about is not very common. I will give you tips on how I write my stories so you can be unique too.
Tip 1: Unique Names
One of the reasons my stories are so unique is because of my characters' names. A creative name can interest readers. Since I'm not good at making up names I go to babynames.com. I usually want the name to have a certain meaning so I check out the names with that meaning and pick out the most unique one that also fits my character.
Tip 2: Knowing your characters and plots
Know your characters as well as you know yourself. It's best if you already have an outline of characters. Become one with your characters. Imagine yourself in their position. Kind of like multi-personality disorder. You're going to have to be more than one person (I've actually talked to myself as I was writing a conversation for one of my stories. Luckily nobody was home). But because of this it can add more emotion to your writing which is very important. Also know your plot very well. Many stories have gone unfinished because the writer didn't know their plot that well. You don't have to know every single detail of your story planned out, just the main details. It makes it easier as your writing each chapter for your story.
Tip 3: Research
Another thing about my writing is by doing research. For example: In my story "Dream Lovers" I did research on the Oneiroi who make my story so unique. How I found out about them actually connects with the name thing.I wanted my main male character whose name meant dream. When I searched for one the only one I found was Morpheus which meant God of Dreams. I noticed that the name was Greek, so I looked up the name Morpheus in Greek Mythology and that's how I found the Oneiroi that make my story so unique. It took a lot of research, it created a fantastic result. Do research on something that isn't common. Look for uncommon stories or myths.
Tip 4: Using unique subjects
Another way is to think of something that most people wouldn't write about. Okay yes vampire and lycan stories are good, but those are the most common forms of fantasy writing. I want to stick out. So instead of writing a vampire story I'm writing a story about cat demons. I've never read a story about cat demons before, so I'll be one of the first to make such a story in "Queen Of The Cat Demons".
Tip 5: Adding a bit of yourself to your character
Also another good way is to add your own personal experiences to your stories or base a character off yourself or someone you know. Like what I did in "Daylight's Shadow". The two main female characters are based off myself and my best friend. But only personlity and a little bit of their appearance. But do what you like and add a little of yourself into the story.
Tip 6: Keeping your readers reading
I like to add in twists to my stories. They make it more exciting for the reader. Sometimes the best way to keep your readers reading is cliffhangers. Personally I hate reading them, but I love to write them. Even though my fans yell at me for writing them it keeps them reading. Also you don't want to bore your reader describing everything about your character. You want to give a thorough and clear description of your character, but don't go over board. Make it short and sweet. Use good vocabulary. Don't use words that are too easy because the reader will loose interest, but don't use extremely difficult words or words that wouldn't fit the action because the reader won't be able to understand you.
John and Michael had a petty fight about food.
This is kind of too detailed. You want make it shorter.
John and Michael had a clash about food.
That sentence doesn't really make sense because it was an agrument about nothing.
John and Michael had a spat about food.
This is a good sentence because 'spat' is a good word to use to describe a petty arguement.
Also try to make a balance between the dialogue and eveything else. Too much description and action can be boring and can confuse the reader. But too much dialogue can make the reader lose interest because they get tired of hearing the character talk too long. This is one of the hardest things to do in writing, but try to do your best to keep a good balance.
So I hope that this can actually help all of you out there get new ideas for your stories. If this does help then please leave a comment. Good Luck.