What screams “I’m generic’ when it comes to writing?

I don’t believe that the term ‘generic’ had much meaning when you are discussing authors and writing.

Some of the best writing ever can be described as generic, cliche, and any other term you can think of that describes themes and characters that have been used so much that they can seem overused. Consider Shakespeare. His plays are absolute cliches. Totally generic.

And still, they are fantastic as are the themes and characters of many similar stories. Because ‘generic’ simply means ‘usual’ and describes the human condition, which is what most writing is about.

So it’s not what’s generic and what isn’t, it’s what the author does with that generic, commonplace, normal, cliched story.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s