Not necessarily cliche. One thing I've learned from researching on TV tropes is that if you come up with an "original" idea, a little bit of research will reveal that the idea isn't that original after all... but there's nothing really wrong with that. It's how you use it that can veer into cliche territory.Here's a thought...what about a character with regret? How about a person that tries to right a wrong and that could be their motivation for doing right to not make a past mistake again. Too cliche? We've all made decisions that we wish we could reverse right?
I am thinking of trying something along those lines. However, of my friends and family, generally the only ones who give me feedback I can actually use is my wife. If people here on the forums would like to help me with my stories and figuring out how to flesh them out, I'd love to return the favor!Why not write some short stories with different approaches, and see which ones publishers like? Maybe your writing style will click with them better if you try a wide variety of techniques.
Or if you're ok with it, start sharing them with friends, family, etc and get feedback. The beauty of a short story is that it doesn't take as much time to write (usually) as a novel, and you don't have as much on the line regarding IP theft.
I have recently considered a very dark story about an antihero character... but then I realized that it was too much into satire and how I tend to generalize humanity, and couldn't really stand up on its own. So I probably won't put that one to paper....I also like the Anti-hero approach since they allow for potentially more interesting stories (Though I say this as a storyteller, not just a reader. ).
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