Clichéd Writing Topics

Please be aware that these topics are a short reach, and might push you into writing a clichéd story:

  • The Car Crash
  • The last time I saw him/her
  • That time I got totally messed up (Seriously? Why does this come up so often?)
  • “In over my head” story (e.g. normal kid swept up in some mafia intrigue)
  • The big game / dramatic sports moment
  • The Mournful CEO – the businessman who learns too late how poor his priorities are
  • The start of the affair
  • The Worst. Day. Ever.

This year, I’m adding the Alarm Clock Intro – the story that begins with an alarm clock going off. Understandable – deciding where to start your story can be difficult. But I get this same exact moment many times every year. Time to hit the snooze button on this tired cliché.

I’ll concede that these stories come from a good place – the desire to create a moment worth reading about. But I myself have never been swept up into the Mafia, been in a fatal car crash or been in a sports game where I was the deciding player at the end of the game. So how come these scenarios are so common for our fictional characters?


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