Friday, 11 May 2012

Cliches

There are plenty of cliches in fiction, but for a writer who likes comedy, they can actually be rather fun. To show you what I mean, here are half a dozen potential openings for stories, all of them based very loosely on the classics. Try to think of a few yourself. You might just find one or two ideas for stories coming:

1. Last Tuesday, in a galaxy frankly quite a lot like ours except for some impressive special effects…
2. It was a moderately stormy but actually quite light night, with a wind chill factor of minus fifteen, and…
3. The man staggered into the inn clutching a roll of parchment, screamed, and fell with a dagger in his back. One of the regulars checked his watch. “He’s late this evening.”
4. Yrng the barbarian stared out over the endless steppes, the wind whistling through his hair as he sat on his suspiciously tiny horse, and considered the thought that anywhere else, all this would have been an out of town supermarket by now…
5. In the crypt, shadows flickered. Which was just as well really. After all, if you’ve gone to the trouble of paying for the deluxe villainous crypt, the least you expect for your money is a complete set of flickering shadows…
6. The figure slipping through the dark didn’t move like a cat. As anyone who has ever had their dustbins knocked over at three in the morning knows, cats are overrated when it comes to stealthy movement.

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