Being Emotional = Cliche ?

Q. How do you write an emotionally charged scene, in first person, without sounding cliched and contrived?


That's one of the issues I'm facing, as I approach these scenes I've been stalling. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm frightened not only by the emotions, but also by my own approach and writing. I'd hate for the scenes and prose to come off as cliched, contrived and trite.

In another word, my mind is struggling with my heart.

I think the only way for me to handle this is to just write it, cliches and all. Then I will fix everything during rewrite. Otherwise, I'd be overanalyzing this process to death and not a word would be written. That can't be a good thing.

Comments

Cirien Phoenix said…
It's unfortunate that it can be too easy to be cliche about emotion, but just remember that Hollywood does it all the time and people pay money to see it. So if you can create a better scene than the ones in most of the popcorn-film blockbusters, I'd say you've succeeded.

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