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When you really think about it, there are only so many themes or basic story plots that can be used for storytelling. But the sheer magnitude of stories out there in the world, and in so many different formats, just shows how many twists and turns can be taken.
What you can offer to your own version of these stories is your own unique perspective, brought on by your own experiences and life story. No two stories are going to be exactly the same, so you've always got your own bespoke set of characteristics to draw upon.
The trick is to have belief in these experiences, and to have the confidence to give an old story a new perspective, to be looked at in a new and exciting way.
There's always the danger of falling into the trap of writing what you think other people want to read. If you do this too much then you'll probably end up writing something that's already been done, in the pursuit of what's already established and popular.
You need to try and steer clear of this, and just go with your own instincts. Write what you enjoy, and what you want to see in a story. There are so many audiences out there, there's bound to be one for your particular stories.