You know how editors and agents say they're looking for something fresh? It doesn't mean something "out there". It just means classic, with a twist.
My opinion, of course.
I write romance. In romance there are sixteen main plots. I know this because I saved the list, but for some reason I'm having trouble finding the link right now. Grrrr.
Anyhow, in my zealousness I took TWO of these plots for my manuscript, The Bridegroom's Revenge. Hehehehe, can you guess one?
That's right. Hero Comes Back for Revenge. The other plot is Secret Baby. So I use two plots in this story. How do I give them a fresh twist?
The child died. The hero comes back for revenge, finds out he had a child who died at the age of seven. It's heartbreaking and adds conflict to the hero's plan.
That's my twist.
What do you do to try to make your story fresh and new, while remaining marketable?