"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." ~E.L. Doctorow

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Have you ever written a scene only to feel like it is a screaming cliche? I was just in the process of rewriting my opening and characters were demanding me to write it a certain way, but the scene just seems so cliche! So done before.
And of all the parts of your story you need to be startlingly innovative - in every sense of the word - the opening is it.

So now I'm just sitting here staring at the screen trying to figured out how is God's green earth will I spice it up and make it different. The scenario must change but the characters are still demanding their due.
Such are the problems of an author.


Catherine Stine said...

Yes, and I promptly delete it and start over! If I need to, I do a freewrite, to try and get deeper, or more into the action and out of cliche. Good luck with it.

C.M. Villani said...

Thanks Catherine. :)
Yup a bright, sparkly new word document page is open and await words. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Absolutely. I'm going to echo Catherine. In cases like this, my best friend is the delete button :)

C.M. Villani said...

Well I think I've come up with an alternative opening. Fingers crossed it will better than the last.

And for the count I believe this is opening number 4 for this story. O_o Really really hoping its the last.

Nicole said...

I am a fan of cliche. :D

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