I Love Clichés Almost as Much as I Love a Good Plot Twist

“I am a complex reader, for I can never settle into a specific genre for too long. I start to crave something different, something that hasn’t been done before. Though, I appreciate a good cliché. I do like predictability when it is called for, because there are times when I want to give my readers the closure they deserve. I love a good cliffhanger, but I also like my stories to have a solid plot. I want the reader to crave more, but feel content all at the same time. Now, that’s a tall order.” 

These past couple of weeks, I’ve been working hard on my story and I’ve been giving it my utmost attention. Even when I’m not writing, I’m preparing to write again. For example, when I’m in a position where writing my book is relatively impossible, it’s still in the back of my mind. I allot enough time to formulate ideas to continue, but I never let that bypass the actual execution. Currently, every night before I go to bed, I make sure to take a look at the last page I’ve written. I then ask myself a few questions:

What happens next?

Your characters have been through a lot, they should spend some time reflecting, don’t you think?

Now that your characters have developed paths, what can you do to take that and turn it entirely on its head? 

I crave a good plot twist. I am always looking to do the unexpected (This sometimes fails and I end up doing something that is really easy for the reader to see, but I try!) When it comes to my characters, I want them to have a complex relationship, but I want to give my readers something to hold onto. Thus, I bust out a few clichés. “Your characters hate each other? Nah, they’ll probably end up falling in love.” (I can’t say that hasn’t happened!) I had a lovely busy day (Those are the ones that don’t stress you out too much, and you can go to bed at ease) and as I was sitting around eating my cake and drinking my tea, the ideas began to flow. I’m usually not one to ever use the ideas I jot down “for later” because I do like instant gratification. So I try to apply whatever idea I have to whatever is going currently. (Hey, it does work sometimes).

Tomorrow’s writing session will be a long one, because I genuinely feel like I’ve got the next few chapters figured out. If you’ve got the time on your hands, and the ideas are flowing when you’ve set aside some time writing, work them in. Don’t leave them alone for too long. The one thing I’ve learned from this writing experience so far is that I am 100% capable of getting it done. It’s a matter of my will and my drive to stay inspired, and to get it done. Finishing the first draft is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Happy Writing!

Love, Anisa Nasir (3)



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