Editors do not want same old, same old. Believe me; I’ve heard that message loudly and clearly at every conference and retreat. To catch an editor (or agent) eye, we must stretch into new territory which means trying different approaches, twists, mash-ups, and/or upends. It’s the only way to produce work that has that “fresh” quality.
Look at your current WIP with only this thought in mind and create at least three new approaches for your ms. BTW, just changing POV doesn’t count for this exercise!
Even if the approach doesn’t sing, you’ll never regret trying because you will learn something in the process. I pinky promise.
S T R E T C H!