Watling Street Writers

Tuesday, September 3

The cliché of avoiding clichés.

I recently read a really useful article that made me question the fantasy/alternate reality novel I am writing and some of the plot devices in it.  You can check it out here http://fantasy-faction.com/2012/ten-fantasy-cliches and it has some useful pointers about what to avoid or at least things to think about and challenge in your work.

In contrast I also found another post on Jason Sanford's blog that advocates not tying yourself up in knots trying to follow the wealth of writing advice that is out there on the web. This is more general (as in not aimed at people writing speculative fiction) and definitely worth a read.
Check it out on his blog here:
http://www.jasonsanford.com/jason/2013/09/cliche-yourself-into-a-hack.html

 If you believe in avoiding or following writing clichés both are worth checking out.

Enjoy!



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