I've begun a new novel.
Did you ever realize "The Phantom of the Opera" is another rendition of the "Beauty and the Beast" story? "King Kong" is as well.
So, my 'new' story isn't new at all. It's a combination of Phantom, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (fantastic historical fiction), "The Count of Monte Cristo", "Shakespeare in Love", and a dash of "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle."
Set in a theatre, in a seaside city, with a clasically beautiful heroine ... a mysterious man with a dark past ... a gentle and strong carpenter ... and the self-destructiveness of greed.
Titled: The Tate Legacy.
It's fun when creating a new story to mix and match my own favorites, whether they be films, classic literature, or new historical fiction.
Daniel's Garden, my first novel, was a combination of "The Secret Garden," "Paradise Lost," "Glory," "Far and Away," and "Love and War." I took elements of each and created something 'new'.
New stories are never new, which is something I learned when putting together my 8 Plots Book. Only 8 plots that have ever been used.
So, if you're looking to write a story, try finding inspiration in many things ... then combining them!