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The Dreaded Plot Cliché

With particular thanks to my friend, ghostposts, who posted the first of these links on her LJ page, I'd like to draw your attention to the following lists, from over at Strange Horizons.  They contain details of, shall we say, somewhat overemployed plotlines, which they'd prefer not to see in submissions.

Frankly, after reading through them both I feel violated.  It's like they raided my ideas folder and listed every plot I ever came up with
 However, in the interest of sharing (and to save anyone ever needing to read one of my stories), I'm posting the links here.

Strange Horizons:
Horror stories we've seen too often

Strange Horizons:  Stories we've seen too often


My only consolation is that my current WIP - about a housesitter, who goes up the creaky staircase to investigate strange growling noises coming from the attic during a dark, and stormy Hallows' Eve, armed only with a candle - doesn't get mentioned. 


How about you?  Are there any stories on your collection that you won't be submitting to Strange Horizons after all?




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bondo_ba
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
LOL!

I actually thought everyone had already seen this page. It does read like a who's who of the "great ideas" generated by "writers" who don't read enough, doesn't it?

I wouldn't hesitate to send SH one of these plots if I thought it was different enough to merit it. Every single idea in the universe has been done before. The problem is that the ones in the list are most likely to be subbed by the weird middle-aged guy who lives in his parent's basement next door and doesn't seem to understand that "no" does not mean "yes, but only if you call us about your submission".
jongibbs
Jul. 1st, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm new to this writing short stories lark, so links like these, or the SFWA one that Marshall mentioned are interesting/useful/depressing to me :)
bondo_ba
Jul. 2nd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
Absolutely agree with the SFWA recommendation. There are whole bunches of essays by established writers with great advice for everyone from beginner to pro.

There used to be a place called "Speculations" which had good stuff, but it's gone now.

Things What I Wrote and Other Stuff

No longer in print but there are still some copies floating around out there


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