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Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

Postby Usernametwopointo » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:38 pm

Nazi soldier helping a jew escape from auschwitz?

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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

Postby ostarella » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:15 pm

All ideas sound cliche' at the basic level. It's what you do with the idea that counts.
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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

Postby Alice Clay » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:17 pm

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.

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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

Postby pls » Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:07 pm

Point of usage: "cliché" is the noun; "clichéd" the adjective.
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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

Postby Usernametwopointo » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:28 pm

Then how do I know what ideas to go forward with and which not?

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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

Postby Oldtimer » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:46 pm

Read samples of my Martian series (by Dorothy Piper) and two romances (by Joni Havel) on Smashwords.
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Re: Does this idea sound a bit cliché?

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