The Cliche: Avoid it at all cost, except when it fills the bill

Good writing, compelling writing is fresh, original and authentic. Cliches drain your writing of those qualities most of the time but not always.

My advice is when in doubt avoid them, but if one feels right to you, sit with it a while before you delete it. It might just be the best wording for the point you’re trying to make.

Another point is that cliches are, many times, the identifying voice of a character in your book. You see, we all use cliches in our speech, so you wouldn’t want to strip the dialogue of all cliches. Leave them in the conversation when they add to the personality of individual characters.

When using clever wording in your book, a good goal to keep in mind is to keep it fresh and try for original phrasing rather than the phrasing you hear every day.  It’ll make your book more interesting for your readers.

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About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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3 Responses to The Cliche: Avoid it at all cost, except when it fills the bill

  1. swedegis says:

    good advice!!! Thanks for posting!

  2. Buttons says:

    Oh Lou you always give the best advice, I recently got high speed internet so I will be able to return to reading your great advice. B

    • loubelcher says:

      Buttons… good to see you. Thanks for the comment. I haven’t made the rounds of blogs lately myself. I’ll drop by soon. Lou

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