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Russell Brand telling Westboro Baptist what’s up.

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Confessions Sans Cliches


Anonymous asked: How do you write a confession without it containing cliches?

This feels like a trick question, but…

To write a confession without cliche:

  • Step One: Write a scene with a confession in it.
  • Step Two: Identify any cliches you might have written.
  • Step Three: Edit out the cliches.

And you’re done! A lot of writers forget about the power of the editing process for identifying and removing unwanted aspects of their work. Editing is extremely important. It is vital to remember that you don’t have to get everything right in the first sitting.

First drafts exist to put the canvas on the easel; rewriting is where the actual painting gets done.

But back to confessions. It is doubly difficult to answer your question with any degree of detail because there are tons of different kinds of confessions and not all confessions are created equally.

  • There are the religious kind like those the Catholic Church is famous for.
  • There are legal confessions like the ones made in a court of law or lawyer’s office or prison.
  • There are personal confessions wherein the character admits something to himself.
  • There are confessions wherein a character admits something to someone else.
  • There are confessions of love.
  • There are confessions to loved ones which vary in gravity, as in confessing an infidelity to a lover or a dislike of fried chicken to a grandmother famous for her fried chicken.

And many, many more. They each have their own associated cliches to watch out for, so I’d advise you to be aware of those cliches most associated with your type of confession as you write.

Along the same lines, a confession doesn’t necessarily indicate remorse. After all, the definition draws a clear line between the two meanings of “confession”.

Confession (n):

  1. A formal statement admitting that one is guilty of a crime.
  2. An admission or acknowledgment that one has done something that one is ashamed or embarrassed about.

There is a fundamental difference between confession of guilt and a confession out of guilt. In the first definition, the character is simply stating his guilt; in the second, he is driven to confession by his guilt.

Check out TVTropes for a bunch of pages dedicated to tropes about confessions. Here is a selection of what they’ve got on the subject:

Seriously, check out their site. There’s a distinct possibility that you will get caught in their never-ending network of links, but it’s worth it.

Other than that, you can take a look at this forum on how to write confessions and our articles on Clichés and Stereotypes, Tropes, and Archetypes.

Thank you for your question! If you have further questions or a comment to add, hit us up!


Different facial expressions from A-Z


1. Absent: preoccupied
2. Agonized: as if in pain or tormented
3. Alluring: attractive, in the sense of arousing desire
4. Appealing: attractive, in the sense of encouraging goodwill and/or interest
5. Beatific: see blissful
6. Bilious: ill-natured
7. Black: angry or sad, or see hostile
8. Bleak: see grim and hopeless

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