No writer wants to hear that their story is clichéd. But it's inevitable. Writers often fall back on what they see other stories doing and copy their techniques--whether they realize it or not. As a result, stories can fill up pretty quickly with a variety of different problematic cliches.
At some point, despite your best efforts, you're likely going to hear that about your current story.
So what are you going to do about it when that time comes?
I want to give you the tools you need to recognize and remove problematic clichés from your stories.
While avoiding clichés may seem like a messy problem, all you need is a clear, systematic process to help you avoid them. If you know what makes certain tropes clichéd and what tools can help you remove them, you don't need to worry that clichés will sink your novel.
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About Ink Slinger Mini Courses
Ink Slinger Mini Courses are built on the premise that many writers don't have time to take an intensive course on every writing subject.
Sometimes, you just need to get a solid foundation on core writing principles really fast.
That's what you get in each of these mini courses.
Each Ink Slinger Mini Course is between twenty and thirty minutes long and gives you the crash course you need to go out and write.
Sometimes a short course means a simple course that only covers the basics. That's not what I'm doing here. I don't want to waste your time with simple lessons.
Instead, each mini course will take a common writing topic like genres or characters or plotting and approach it with a unique perspective that helps you situate the topic in the context of our overall goal as storytellers: to tell stories that both delight and instruct readers. These courses aren't as comprehensive as my main courses. But they aim to be an effective shortcut to help you start working on your story immediately.
Skeptical I can pack enough depth into 20-30 minutes? That's why I offer a 30 day money back guarantee with every course I sell. If you take one of my courses and don't feel like this course helped you as a storyteller, simply shoot me an email at [email protected] and I'll give you a full refund. So feel free to simply try a course out and see if it helps!
What This Course Covers
This mini course explains what makes something clichéd, how to spot the four different types of clichés in your story, and what techniques you should use to remove each type of cliché from your manuscript. Check out the course syllabus below to see what you'll be learning.
StartThe Bane of Every Writer (1:23)
PreviewThe Real Reason Cliches are a Problem (4:19)
StartHow to Sniff Out Cliches (4:44)
StartRemoving Cliches of Convenience (2:49)
StartRemoving Cliches of Plot & Genre (4:46)
StartRemoving Cliches of Character (3:25)
StartRemoving Cliches of Theme (4:38)
StartWriting Powerful Stories with Uncliched Tropes (1:00)
Are you ready to scour clichés from your story?
Finding and removing clichés doesn't need to be intimidating.
All you need is a systematic plan and the right tools at your disposal to make sure you don't have readers complaining that your story is clichéd.
In this course, I want to teach you the methods I use to remove clichés from my own stories.
If you have (or fear you have) clichés in your story and you don't know how to fix them, this course is designed for authors like you.
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I'm Josiah DeGraaf, a high school English teacher, the fiction content manager for the Young Writer's Workshop, and the editor-in-chief of Story Embers. My goal is to help writers craft stories that both teach and delight their readers. The best stories, after all, are both entertaining and meaningful. And so, over the past seven years, I've been helping writers accomplish this through my work at Kingdom Pen, the Young Writer, and Story Embers, along with the dozens of writers I've personally mentored and trained. I'd love to help you take your storycraft to the next level.