Hey, I saw a couple of you cringed. :)
Cliches have the ability to slip in our writing because of their familiarity. We use them, we hear them used all the time and around us, and we cling to them because let's face it, trying to think of an apt metaphor for a particular scene in our novel can be intimidating. And cliches? They're part of our comfort zones.
But for a writer who wishes to get published, cliches are the plague. Run while you can. *grin* As Salvador Dali once said: "The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot." (I got that from Wikipedia. Hope it's true. You never know with internet sources these days.)
Interestingly enough, these phrases used to be regarded as striking or beautiful before they became overused and turned into, well, cliches. Just goes to show that fame and beauty is fleeting, even for words.
So. I have a game. Let's play Who Can Spot the Cliches in the Narrative Below. [I had fun making this up.]
Disclaimer: The author of this blog is not responsible for any physical damage the readers may contract while reading this piece. Proceed at your own risk.
How many did you find? Any guesses? Did you even make it to the end or did your brain explode halfway through?
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