I hate how many times I heard this in high school English class. Now I have to admit the teacher was right.
DON’T WRITE WITH CLICHÉS!
Okay, I know all caps indicate yelling. But the teacher yelled at me, so now I get to yell at you.
Certain phrases (two or more words) have become so overused that the expression is no longer either clever or novel. Now they’re just boring and tiresome. They no longer have any strength of meaning. They don’t add any specific details that give the reader a clear picture with which to identify.
They are so generalized they contribute nothing to the story you are writing.
Theodore A. Rees Cheney addressed clichés in GETTING THE WORDS RIGHT: How to Revise, Edit and Rewrite. While he wrote this book in 1984 and revised it in 1990, his advice remains sound.
To help you find places in your manuscript where you may have inadvertently used a cliché, run an EDIT/FIND for the words like and as. These two words often precede a cliché.
A great website that lists the largest collection of clichés ever compiled is clichesite.com. On this site you can search for clichés alphabetically by the first word of the cliché phrase, submit a cliché if you don’t see it listed, and even check on their “Cliché of the Day.”
Googling cliché will bring up a long list of sites where you can explore this subject further.
For more detailed information on CLICHES and the editing process, CLICK HERE.
No doubt you’ve learned a lot so far in your career.
Why not turn it into a book?
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Ask yourself: What if you invested $2,000 and got an amazing promotion? Or the new job of your dreams?
Would it be worth it?
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
Are you addicted to writing? Can you honestly say it’s your passion?
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury (who died at 91 in 2012) inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create.
During his career he wrote hundreds of short stories and almost fifty books, as well as poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays.
One of the most celebrated writers of our time, Bradbury won numerous awards and honors and was even nominated for an Academy Award. So if you are serious about writing, you want to know what this man has to say.
In these nine essays on writing and creativity he will entertain you, inspire you and remind you that there is joy to be found in writing.
“I have learned, on my journeys,” says Bradbury, “that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy.”
Learn from the best. Learn from Ray Bradbury.