We’ve all heard the time honored advice that writers avoid cliches in our books and stories. This month I’d like to challenge you to do the exact opposite.
Think of the most timeworn, overused, and eye-rolling SFF cliche you can. Now write an origin story for that cliche. Where did it come from and why has the trope lasted so long?
Remember: Challenges are supposed to be fun, but don’t forget to stretch yourself and take risks. If you normally write fantasy, try science fiction. If you’ve never tried writing in first or second person, here’s your chance. The story doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, this is all about trying new things and gaining new skills, and most of all, having fun. Challenge stories can go up on the workshop at anytime. Put “Challenge” in the title so people can find it.
Challenges can be suggested by anyone and suggestions should be sent to Jaime (news (at) onlinewritingworkshop.com).