The old joke is: Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.Cliches

There are thousands of clichés. Once they were clever, fresh language, but overuse has ruined them.

  •                        Have a nice day.
  •                         The powers that be
  •                         By the same token

Often they are an easy way for us to handle a situation. A young girl has just returned from her first dance. We write: “She had the time of her life.” Of course, a cliché. It was easy. However the reader does not appreciate it. Think of ways to say it better – maybe show it instead of telling. What is she thinking? The best day of her life so far? Etc. etc.

Cliche MeterRead your work over and look for those clichés. Use fresh language.

 

 

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  • adscam.typepad.com
  • keepthechangeanonymous.blogspot.com
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