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Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:38 pm
by Usernametwopointo
Nazi soldier helping a jew escape from auschwitz?

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:15 pm
by ostarella
All ideas sound cliche' at the basic level. It's what you do with the idea that counts.

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:27 pm
by williamadams

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:17 pm
by Alice Clay
I think all novels should be summed up in a short sentence, otherwise you can stray from what the book is really about and others may just ignore the verbiage. I read somewhere that agents like to have that as a pitch as in, "Hey I've got something about a Nazi who helps jews escape from Auschwitz and it's not too bad.".I don't see a cliche in there and if it's good nobody will care. I live for the day when somebody reads my query about a girl who joins the national guard for college money and ends up in Iraq instead. 400 pages summed up in 16 words is a good thing for busy agents to read.

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:32 pm
by williamadams

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:07 pm
by pls
Point of usage: "cliché" is the noun; "clichéd" the adjective.

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:47 am
by robjvargas

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:28 pm
by Usernametwopointo
Then how do I know what ideas to go forward with and which not?

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:46 pm
by Oldtimer

Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:55 pm
by williamadams