Thoughts on Writing: Tropes & Cliches

Many young writers, I assume, are a little overly obsessed with making their story the most original thing ever. And by original, I mean some balls to the walls concept that NO ONE has EVER thought of – something so far out any reader would be hopeless not to sit back and go “wow, ain’t that original!

Here’s the problem: it’s pretty much all been done before. Especially in fantasy. I made countless attempts to make a story to subvert all tropes of the genre, and in doing so just made an incoherent mess. Just browse around on tvtropes.org, you’ll quickly discover that whatever brilliant concept you have not only has been done it also has a name for it. Continue reading “Thoughts on Writing: Tropes & Cliches”

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Thoughts On Writing: Show Don’t Tell

Show don’t tell.

This is a piece of advice you’ll hear time and time again – that you must show your reader what is happening, but what exactly does this mean? Aren’t you telling a story, after all? Well yes – but your aim should be immersion, and that’s what this is all about.  Continue reading “Thoughts On Writing: Show Don’t Tell”