Clichés to avoid in literature

Clichés to avoid in literature

writing 6Ardain Isma

There are clichés to avoid in literature. I have put together five clichés that writers must try to avoid as much as they can. Remember, uniqueness is key to literary stardom.

Amnesia​ – Amnesia is so common in literature but not as much in real life. This cliché often serves as a plot device to hide a story’s lack of characterization.

They Lived Happily Ever After​ – Unless you’re writing a children’s story, I doubt this will be your last line, but it could be implied by the way that you happily tie up all loose ends. Life can be messy and stories shouldn’t always give your characters everything that they want in the end.

The Evil Other Woman​ – Hidden in just about every love story is another woman (or man) who’s evil, heartless, soulless, and definitely the number one reason why the protagonist and his or her love interest cannot be together.

The Character is Actually Royalty​ – This one makes me twitch. The idea that your hero or heroine is actually an undiscovered king or queen (or some derivative thereof) is not a satisfying storyline. It’s an offshoot of the “chosen one” cliché.

The Magical Object​ – From rings to wands to swords to hair, there are so many mentions of magical objects in literature that it should be its own sub-genre. Avoid hiding all of the power in the universe within one inanimate object.

Note: these tips and more can be found on Natasa Book Editor

Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine. He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.

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