While there are obvious cliched phrases we try to avoid like the plague (heh), there are also physical clichés that are more subtle, and we don't realize they are clichés until someone points them out to us. Or maybe no one has pointed it out to you, but since someone did to me, I'm gonna point it out to you! (Forgive me, I'm drunk on lemonade at the moment.)
Are you ready for this? Here's a couple of links to peruse:
Physical Descriptions: Cliches to Avoid (ObsidianBookshelf.com)
Physical Cliches (Kidlit.com)
Heart-hammering, tongue-turned-into-sandpaper, gut-twisting, fist-clenching...
I'm sure we've all read and written these kinds of physical descriptions at some point in our life. My question is: IS IT REALLY THAT BAD? Should we have our characters avoid lump-swallowing forever and ever?
I'm not one to get stuck in a hard-and-fast rule. When I write, I usually aim for atmosphere and voice, and the flow of words together is much more important to me than making sure I did not give my protagonist a hammering heart. If it doesn't detract from the cadence of the story, it can't be that bad, right? If used in moderation, it should be fine, right?
What do YOU think?
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