What can YOU say in six sentences?
I’ve just written myself a note which begins ‘say more about the reasons why’ and although this is early stages and these meanderings are far from finalised, I’m getting cold feet.
The heroine married, a dozen years previously, the ‘wrong’ man.
Probably because a) she was pregnant and b) the father refused to admit it was his.
Husband is now a mess – possibly as a result of discovering child not his: because a) he discovered he’s sterile or b) he discovered wife in flagrante, or c) true father tells him.
From one of those blogs of advice to would-be writers, or a criticism in a review or something, in one of those chance encounters, the word ‘hackneyed’ leaped out and clung to me, with a similar red-eyed tenacity as his roommate ‘cliché’ and I am now paralysed, my writing juddering to a self-questioning halt.
And yet, and yet isn’t it also stated that there are only seven plots, that boy-meets-girl then encounters myriad setbacks and dangers before all comes happy ever after, is just about the winner every time, so does it matter that it’s an already-used device so long as the coloir, number, type and combination of setbacks etc., etc., is (more or less) unique(-ish) to me?