Hi there! Happy Hump Day. Almost there. Weekend's right around the corner. Actually, this is my weekend. I always work Saturdays and Sundays, so mid week is my time to chill.
Oh so back to my blog title. Cliche conundrum, you ask? I'll explain. But first, I'd love to introduce you to my blogger buddy, Cally Jackson's, cover reveal for her debut, The Big Smoke.
Ceara’s desperate for love; Seb’s desperate to get laid. Two strangers, both moving from small country towns to Brisbane for uni. Will they survive life in the big smoke or crumble under the pressure?
Doesn't it sound great? I know Cally is uber excited about it's upcoming release.
You can find Cally Jackson on her website here. She is super sweet (and also expecting her first baby soon.)
She's on Twitter. And GoodReads. And just click on the cover above to get to the book on Goodreads and learn more.
Here's what I mean with cliche conundrum, so tell me what you think, oh wise and witty bloggers.
Every writer knows that using cliches in our writing is taboo. If we can't think of original ways to say things, then what's the point, right? Well, I'm not just talking about the way something is said. I'm talking about the story cliches that agents warn us about. For instance, a MG story with an MC who is a subject of a prophecy, or one who mysteriously gets magical powers. Or a YA story with an MC who moves to a new town where there are magical powers. Or one who has dead parents.
Yes, these ideas have been done many times, and well-read people are tired of seeing them. But what about the child or teen who is picking up a story for the first time? It's not cliche to them. It's brand new, and maybe everything after that story will seem cliche. So while, I get what agents are trying to say with overdone plots, I also think there's a flip side. Especially in writing for kids.
In the adult world, this is entirely different. Because we HAVE read just about everything. But there's a reason cliches are cliches. Because they work. Now, I'm not saying we should use them without any thought, but I am opening up the debate that maybe some cliches are okay with the right spin. If done in a clever way, they can work. And in some cases, can be a formula for success.
What do YOU think? And don't forget to stop by and say hi to Cally.