(If this belongs in the "Why do you write" thread, I apologize. I read the first post, and I don't think this post quite fits in). People write for a lot of different reasons. Mainly, what I have seen is that people write to express their feelings and to get their ideas onto paper. I started out this way as well. But I have moved away from "getting feelings on paper" and am on solely on getting ideas onto paper. Ironic as it seems, I feel that a writer putting his/her own emotions and experiences onto paper can tarnish a piece of writing. That person's experience may appeal to the writer, but seem boring or "sappy" to a reader. As a writer, I try to create emotions and experiences that are not my own out of thin air. I write off of "ideas" rather than emotion and experience. This, in my opinion, makes writing more appealing. Writing should be as original as it can. You cannot imagine how much cliches annoy me. Here is what I consider to be cliche (hence, an instant turnoff for me): -Dragons, or other mystical creatures -Vampires -Typical romance novels -Chosen ones/Prophecies -Fantasy novels that are too serious when they really shouldn't be. As a writer, I avoid all the cliches I can and try to create a fresh, original piece of writing. There are many different styles of writing. Some people may not understand an author's particular style, and criticize things the author thinks are perfectly fine. For example, I wrote a short story that was roughly a page long; the main character was nameless, faceless, genderless, and had no backstory at all. A reviewer criticized me for this. However, this seemed perfectly fine for me, because the story was more about the lone action of this character in the story, the tone, and the message, not the character him/herself. I like to think of my styke of writing as rather unique (although, I could be quite wrong about that): the most important thing in the story is the story itself; I usually write in first person, and occasionally do not have an oppurtunity to describe the character, since this would distract from the flow and progression of the story. If I do not believe the name/gender of the character is important to the story, I will leave them out. Only things that are important to the story, tone, atmosphere, etc. should be included. These are my thoughts on writing; if anyone agrees, disagrees, or wants me to explain something in more detail, feel free to post. Thanks!