Story Cliques

Story Cliques

A Lesson by E. A. Fielder

Over done, over the top and what will never be a best seller.


A few things to cover about story cliques. They are very easy to fall into much like poetry cliques. Cliques are usually the first thing to come out of a writer's mind when they are suffering from the dreaded "writer's block." They come in all genres and writing styles and are usually the death of a very good idea.

1. Romantic cliques- This category is so large that some of it's sub-categories deserve their own sub-categories.

-The pretty people: I have never read a clique romance story/ novel that had ugly people in it. Usually it's between a mysterious dark haired man and a blond haired, blue eyed woman. Both with beautiful builds but yet some how they can sit around and eat what ever they want and the man will always have perfect, strong muscles and the woman will always be slender and pretty.
*One dimensional characters- They might be figments of a writer's imagination but the deserve lives and believable looks too. It seems that almost every romantic character has no life style at all. The story will build up with their everyday activities but as soon as this other clique character comes into play it's "bye bye" character depth and "hello" random love scene. Not everyone in the real world is pretty, muscular, slender or handsome so why should every main character be that way? What is so much fun about building a character that has little to no personality. A character is a creation that should have countless detail in a story line. The more interesting and unique your main character is, the more interesting your story or novel will be.

-Random love scenes: It is understandable that most romance novels are written with a lot of erotica. However, some romance writers take the erotica too far. One or two love scenes are fine but when half of the book is filled with erotica it is no longer a novel, it's a porno put into words. It doesn't matter that the book was written to be sexual, it still needs a decent story line.
*From the story line to the sex scenes- When writing very adult books, many writers seem to forget whilst writing that a good story need these elements: setting, plot, conflict, character, point of view and theme. Usually if one of these areas are lacking, then the reader will lose interest.


-Melodramatic situations and cheesy dialog: Anything a character does can set the mood for a chapter or even a story. If the actions are written as over dramatic more than likely there will be horrible dialog to go along with it.


Isabel’s dark prince swiftly ran to her side and wrapped her in his hot muscular arms. He gazed deeply into her blue eyes and stroked her long, soft, blond hair.

“I am here, my love.” His voice was sensual and hypnotic…

*End Example*

There is so much more to romance than cheep pops with rich studs and helpless women. What about writing about an actual relationship? Some writers are afraid that if they delve too much into relationships that it will take away from the allure of the genre. No, it will make the genre a lot stronger and maybe one day it will not be the butt of so many jokes.


2. Horror- Creativity can go way too far in this realm. A new creature for the horror genre is a great idea as long as your imagination doesn’t run away with it. This is a problem for most novice writers, something that sounds like a great idea will come along but when put on paper it becomes a hassle when you try to put it into a story line. Usually when the new creature is a little too much the story will get out of hand and become a dead end.


3. I figured it out in the first chapter- This is a pattern that is found in many books, not just mystery novels; two characters are introduced in the first chapter or first few chapters the accused and the one who did it.


4. Scene cliques- If there was one thing Shakespeare did better than putting on plays it was writing cliques. In every one of his plays, when ever something bad was going to happen something elementally dramatic would happen: the skies would be filled with lightning or fire would fall from the heavens. Even with today’s writers, if something is going to happen the hints are in the scene. A character might be taking a walk at night and then somehow notice that it’s extremely quiet out. Then they get attacked by a vampire or a murderer. Make your scenes less obvious so the reader is taken by surprise. This also keeps readers from skipping around and actually makes them want to read every word so that they won’t miss a thing!


5. Beginnings with cliques- The sad truth about most readers is that if the first few lines or the back of the book doesn’t catch their attention, they won’t read it. One of the hardest things to do is to start a story. You might have a great idea but it can easily be ruined if your intro sounds something like “it was a dark and stormy night.”


6. Endings with cliques-


-Tragedies; Emotion is on of the most powerful things a writer can use. It can create a bond that can bring a reader in and keep them wanting more. If you want to end you story with a tragedy you want to make sure you use anything you can to create the right atmosphere for a tragedy; scenery character dialog, plot, ect. Too many writers end their characters too abruptly to give any shock to the reader. Usually writer’s that have become bored with a main character will “off” then because they have no idea how to end the story. Randomly killing your main character will neither finish your story nor


-Too happy ending- Some writers are afraid of writing something with too much back bone because they don’t want their story to turn out to be a clique tragedy. So by the end of the story, nothing was sacrificed and they all lived happily ever after, the end. In a good story there has to be some sort of conflict; character vs. environment, character vs. other character, or character vs. self. With hard ship comes sacrifice, sometimes a character will over come obstacles and sometimes they will not. Even though you want everything to work out you must have some sort of struggle even if that means that the ending won’t be a super happy one.


It doesn’t always have to end in tragedy and it doesn’t always have to end in rainbows and sunshine.

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E. A. Fielder
E. A. Fielder

Louisville, KY

"If you’re trying to be an artist and your only goal is money, then you’re never going to come up with a good piece of art." "Kiss my a*s in D minor." -Amy Lynn Lee Hartzler