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Writing Essays: The Simple Solution to the Problem of Novelty in Writing

Writing Essays: The Simple Solution to the Problem of Novelty in Writing

The truth is that the idea of new It’s always been a problem to talk about writing and actually writing. Because? Because it’s so vague and, at the same time, it’s a freakishly big idea.

New it’s just been a HUGE mysterious black box that could hold just about anything and everything in it, and did!-because, until now, we have never had a reliable, useful and general method for differentiating one type of novelty from another.

one thing that we do knowing is that something would not be new unless there was something old to compare it. Aim old is as vague as newIt is not like this?

Missing? Answer: Two insightful sets of categories to fit EACHstuff.

for something to be newwe must be able to compare it with an earlier version or type that is accepted as old. You know the old saying, “You can’t explain color to a blind man.”

What that means is this:

If there’s nothing shared to compare something to, you can’t talk about it with someone who hasn’t seen or experienced anything “similar.” All you can really say is, “I like Wowman!” – and no that Just be amazed by a mind-blowing view of the universe!

five types of old age

Here is the complete list of what I call the previous view categories:

  • Values
  • Expectations
  • Experiences
  • Reasoning
  • language

A very small list, but mighty mighty!

we can’t say anything without using these in basic, everyday communication.especially in essays Let’s see some examples of these five oldies that are worth their weight in gold:

VALUESIt involves positive and negative feelings, likes and dislikes, approval/disapproval and acceptance/rejection of things that you share with others in different groups to which you belong.


  • I really don’t like that german teacher
  • agree/disagree with the policy
  • Talking about favorite foods, movies, music, and books.

EXPECTATIONSthey have to do with anticipations, hopes and plans that you have about some future event, goal or desire that you have in common with the groups to which you belong.


  • working hard and hoping to break away at the school play
  • wishing to be there when the family cat gives birth to her kittens
  • saving your money to go to that fantastic rock concert with your friends in three months

EXPERIENCESIt includes events or conditions or places that you share with other people at school, in your family, or with friends.


  • reciting the pledge of allegiance at school and how patriotic it makes you feel
  • delicious thanksgiving dinners at grandma’s house
  • share iTunes and great music with friends

REASONINGrefers to how you and your groups make sense of the world through understanding cause and effect.


  • why the same paper you wrote for history class got an A, but only got a C when you turned it in to your English teacher
  • Why does your mother put up with her hateful Aunt Frieda?
  • exactly what makes your friend john think a particular movie is so much more interesting than a very similar boring movie

LANGUAGEinvolves the special words, terms, and ideas that you share with others in your groups.


  • cheerleaders, foxy, the hunk, pop quiz, finals
  • family reunion, leftovers, garbage day, chores, allowance
  • double date, hang out with, steady, happy, itunes, tweet

Just like “you can’t explain color to a blind man,” you can’t communicate well with anyone you don’t share a lot with in these anterior sight categories, especially in essays. The most important of these old view categories is Values – if your potential readers still don’t feel positive or negative about your topic to any significant degree, why write about it?

five kinds of novelty

Through years of study and research, I’ve discovered that you can change an old view in one or more, or in some combination, of the following five main ways to make it “new”:

  • Counter
  • Add
  • Subtract
  • Substitute
  • Reorganize

I call these five very basic and indispensable processes the new view options.

Let’s look at some everyday examples for each new view option so you can see them in action and get familiar with them:

COUNTER – usually involves an obvious ancient vision values and Expectationsand then find out or discover or prove that the opposite or inverse is true, instead.


  • you were looking forward to Junior Prom, thinking it would be so romantic, but it was a yawn because your date was so shy
  • you expected dad to be strict about coming home early from dates, but he’s actually been very lenient about it
  • expecting his new rich friend to be generous with money, he discovers instead that he is always trying to get some money out of it. you

ADDmeans that something has been combined or united with an idea or quality or quantity from a previous vision, so that additional information, experience, or understanding makes something further than the old man, doing it new.


  • your math weakness got even worse when the hot new guy walked into class on his first day at your school
  • You thought it would be fun to have your own dog, but she became more than that: she became your best friend.
  • You knew your best friend was a little jealous of your boyfriend, but she turned into a nasty devilish demon after he bought you an expensive and simply beautiful cashmere sweater

SUBTRACTdiminishes an old vision in some way in quantity, quality, or importance.


  • you realized that being best friends with Mr. Popular from your school is shape less fun than most people think
  • when he got to know his friends’ families, he saw, by comparison, that his own family was much less selfish and stupid than he had thought
  • your best friend became a lot less important to you after you started dating todd

SUBSTITUTEis when something is taken out of a familiar structure and replaced with something else, making a difference or an interesting change, and that means new.


  • our student body president chuck contracted mononucleosis and was absent from school for two months so the vice president replaced him and really made him look bad with all his accomplishments
  • your dad started a new system: give allowance for not doing certain things instead of doing certain things each week
  • Your best friend Tom’s younger brother, Larry, was smarter than Tom with computers, so he replaced Tom as your go-to person whenever you had computer trouble.

RESTARTshuffles the order in an old view, which often ends up being a reversal of the order; everything is a matter of when gold at what point something happens in the new stream, compared to when it used to happen in the old stream.


  • Last year, a week before school started instead of at the end of the semester, her school had parents meet with teachers so they could inform them about their child’s learning styles, personalities, and personal needs; teachers took notes to help focus their lesson plans for the year
  • as an incentive, your parents have started paying the allowance at the beginning of the week instead of at the end of the week
  • you and your group of friends decided to go on a group date by asking out a group of guys, not letting them know which girl you were dating and not telling them what you were going to do on the date until you took them to the point of the activity, and it was so much fun

NOTE: I have placed the items in the lists of the new view options and the old view categories in their current order based on what I have observed as their frequency of use in essays, short stories, and novels. old view Values and new view setbacks they’re at the top of their separate lists because they occur more frequently than the rest of the items in their lists, and the rest are in descending order of frequency, so the least frequent is last on each list.

Through my discussion of the new view options, you have now been shown 15 examples of ways to make an old idea new. Simple, right?

Okay, smarty, now go ahead and do the same.

I bet that can has to!

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