May 8th, 2009

misc - cupidsbow vidding

'Clichés and the id: a map to fictional seduction' by cupidsbow

Those of you who have been reading my meta for a while will know that I've been on a long journey in terms of figuring out what makes fiction work. Something I've been mulling over for many years now, is how the lizard brain influences writing. Over the last few months several things have fallen into place, and I can finally express my ideas about the power of clichés and the importance of the id.

The short version is that tapping into primal story patterns (clichés) and emotions (satisfying the id) makes fiction more powerful.

That sounds like a ridiculous "duh!" kind of statement, doesn't it? Yeah, I figured. So I'm going to start this essay with a quick discussion of what led me astray -- why I didn't always know this -- and then go on to discuss how I go about turning clichés to my own ends and consulting my id when writing fiction.

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