#FirstDraft120 Day 119: TWO MORE DAYS! (counting today) | #amwriting
Are we there yet? Today and tomorrow are the last days of the FirstDraft120 challenge. I’m warming up, getting ready to sing. 😉
What will you have accomplished by the time February 1 dawns that you might not otherwise have done in the last four months?
While I’d set out with a goal to complete a rough draft of a full manuscript for this challenge, I realized I was pushing myself too hard and needed to take much smaller steps. So I changed my goal to “relearn that writing can be fun” and allowed myself to “play” with a whole bunch of story/character ideas instead of trying to force myself to do what it was that burned me out on writing in the first place. And you know what? I’m starting to remember that creating fiction can be fun. I’m not 100% of the way there yet—and I didn’t do a good job of keeping up with my at-least-one-hour-a-day commitment to “fiction work” this weekend (I need to catch up with writing some story ideas today and tomorrow). But I no longer dread the idea of sitting at the computer (or with a notebook and pen) and doing writing-work. And most days, I actually look forward to it.
Monday Momentum Motivation
This video came through this morning from one of the YouTube channels I subscribe to, which is great timing. While he’s focused on cliched scenes in movies, I’ve seen many (if not all) of these in novels before.
Don’t believe me? Picture this scenario: Our Hero meets a woman to whom he’s immediately attracted. But (needle scratch on the record) she’s already in a relationship with someone else. Heroine has been dating the Other Guy for a while now. And while it’s not a perfect relationship, (for some reason) she’s determined to make it work. Come to find out, though, Other Guy is sleeping around/doing something illegal/kicks puppies in his spare time (whatever dastardly thing it is) which gives the Heroine the perfect excuse to dump him for the (much more perfect) Hero.
Sound familiar? That’s because it’s the premise of far too many rom-com movies and romance novels out there. (Princess Bride, You’ve Got Mail, and so on.)
So, check out this video and see if there are any other cliched scenes you might be using without realizing it:
Are you guilty of any of these cliches? What kinds of scenes do you think are overused in fiction? How’s your writing going?
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