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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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jongibbs
Jul. 1st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
I've got two (and three quarter) first drafts of novels set in a medieval world where humans are just one of many species to have 'evolved'. From the outset though, I've tried to take the attitude that the story, not the setting is the attraction.

Of course, what I try to do and what actually happens aren't always the same thing ;)

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