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Title: MY NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL- Slingshot
Post by: DMLANGEL1101 on May 27, 2021, 04:32:00 PM
Seeking critique partners to critique my new Science Fiction Novel, Slingshot.  It's about two stepbrothers, who start out hating each other who come together to fight off an alien invasion of Earth. 
 
David M. Lee

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Title: Re: MY NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL- Slingshot
Post by: Nether on June 06, 2021, 07:19:05 AM
I wouldn't stress over whether something as inconsequential as waking up is viewed as a cliche by some people. Unless that scene drives the events of the entire book, I'd say write whatever and then go back to fix it in revision if you don't like it.
Title: Re: MY NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL- Slingshot
Post by: WannaWrite on June 20, 2021, 10:52:50 AM
Sounds interesting :)
I don't think waking up is "bad cliche" but it is cliche. However, the other intro only works if it connects to the story. If it's just a way to start the story then I don't think you should use it, because your reader will be wondering how it connects.
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Title: Re: MY NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL- Slingshot
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on August 06, 2021, 08:55:35 AM
Maybe I've been hiding under a rock for the last several years, but I've never heard that starting a book with a character waking up from a dream is a cliche. Maybe some people think it is, but I don't believe there is any hard and fast writing rule that says it is.

In fact, the book I am now publishing with a publisher has an opening scene with my character waking up from a dream. It didn't stop the publisher from offering a contract. So, I'd say, if that's how you want to start it, go for it.
Title: Re: MY NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL- Slingshot
Post by: Nether on August 06, 2021, 02:32:09 PM
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Maybe I've been hiding under a rock for the last several years, but I've never heard that starting a book with a character waking up from a dream is a cliche. Maybe some people think it is, but I don't believe there is any hard and fast writing rule that says it is.

In fact, the book I am now publishing with a publisher has an opening scene with my character waking up from a dream. It didn't stop the publisher from offering a contract. So, I'd say, if that's how you want to start it, go for it.

I've heard the advice in *countless* writing videos now, but clearly it doesn't mean much because we still see people doing it in published work. It might not be the strongest way to start a book, the right approach for a book, or even a good approach, but nobody actually cares that much. And usually it appears as advice from more entry-level writers.

If people try to avoid overused tropes, they're going to spend all of their time and effort trying to reinvent the wheel instead of writing.
Title: Re: MY NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL- Slingshot
Post by: Donnettetxgirl on August 06, 2021, 02:55:20 PM
Really? Well, I guess you learn something new every day. There are many writing rules I pay attention to because I know they are things editors look for. But avoiding starting a scene where the character is dreaming is not even on my list. Perhaps it would make a difference if I mentioned my character was having an out-of-body experience, not so much a dream. But honestly, either way, as long as the writing drew me in within the first few sentences, I don't see the importance of avoiding it. That's my take on it, anyhow.