Opinions please --- Should I change this part to keep it from being too "cliche"?

I kind of asked this earlier today, but I want to rephrase my question.

I'm very passionate about writing this story about a normal girl who is diagnosed with a life threatening disease, and she may only have a few months to live. (There's more to the story as well but I won't go into that) I started out as making the girl have Leukemia, but people have said that it's too cliche to do any kind of cancer. Would it make it less "cliche" to just make up my own disease and symptoms etc?

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  • 8 years ago
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    A disease cannot be cliche. Don't listen to whoever told you that. Yes, it may be overused in stories a bit, but plenty of people in real life have Leukemia. If I was reading your story and got to the part where it says she has Leukemia, I wouldn't say "ugh, not this again". I'd find it weirder if you created your own disease rather than used an existing one, honestly.

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  • 8 years ago

    Who's telling you it's cliche? That's not cliche, that's realism. Maybe it's too real though and that's what they mean, cancer is too close to home for people, comes to mind easily. That doesn't mean it's a cliche though. Whatever you do, though, don't make up some disease. A story like this relies heavily on realism, which is precicely why leukemia is perfect, so making up one would make realism readers jump through the roof. With realism you want people to identify with what they're reading, and maybe leukemia is an easy choice, but that doesn't mean its a bad one. Maybe they just want something more obscure, like that means it's more creative, but I don't think that's really the idea here.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I wouldnt say that the plot is to cliche, as long as you don't make it one big sob story. (and if its not a sob story, it sounds like it could actually be interesting) But think of leukemia, would she be bedridden constantly? (that doesnt make for an exciting story. Period.) I think leukemia would be fine but would it really match her ability to do things? (if not then you may wish to make your own disease with its own symptoms, restrictions, and freedoms.) I HOPE YOU HAVE FUN WRITING

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  • 8 years ago

    Leukemia, yeah, a lot of content already exists about that.

    Take the advice of the others. Either do some research on a real disease you can educate people about, or make up one of your own. Writers invent illnesses all the time.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    hi :)

    If your familiar with the decease of Leukemia and have much to say about it and ways to describe it. This decease effects some people and so it would be more heart-felt and relatible to people that are picking up you story.

    When you make up a decease you risk people not getting as much of an emotional impact than if you do a well-known decease.

    hope this helps :)

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  • 8 years ago

    It is slightly cliche, but instead of making your own disease why not just google 'rare diseases' for one? try to find a one equally as fatal and use it.

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  • 8 years ago

    You can try diagnosing her with lupus, it has various forms and stages. It varies from person to person. you can use symptoms that she may have been overlooking or ignoring for years, depending on if she is going to die within months, or live with the condition?

    Source(s): Relative of someone living with lupus.
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    3 years ago

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  • 8 years ago

    I guess it's kind of cliche, but if it's what you know, write it! You know what they say: "Write what makes you happy, not what pleases the crowd." :)

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    i like how it sounds that way yet if you want to change it give her some kind of lungs or heart disease

    answer my question-

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmLk_...

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