So the latest round of writing opportunities at Aerogramme Writer's Studio was published, and after I perused the classifieds, I went to my second favorite section: Tips for Writers. I must have missed the Geoff Dyer post, because man, oh man, is it good. Check it out.
Beware of clichés. Not just the clichés that Martin Amis is at war with. There are clichés of response as well as expression. There are clichés of observation and of thought—even of conception. Many novels, even quite a few adequately written ones, are clichés of form which conform to clichés of expectation.