Sunday, 19 November 2017

NaNoWriMo: Day 19 ~ To Cliché Or Not To Cliché

Okay, that’s not actually a serious question.

In fact, I’ve spent the last three weeks working on not writing clichés in my NaNoWriMo project (just 11 days of the challenge left!) You know, those familiar phrases that are used over and over and…

They’re the bane of every writer’s existence.

So today, I thought I’d give you a Top 10 list of the clichés you should avoid like the plague. (ha! See what I did there?) Just in case you're taking a break to review the words you've written so far... (I hit 3,000 yesterday!)

Take a look—how many of these clichés have you used in your manuscript?

  1. Dead as a door nail
  2. Low hanging fruit
  3. Faster than a speeding bullet
  4. The pot calling the kettle black
  5. Think outside the box
  6. Thick as thieves
  7. Plenty of fish in the sea
  8. Like a kid in a candy store
  9. Fish out of water
  10. Take a tiger by the tail

I've definitely used #1, #6, and #3... What’s your least favourite cliché? (Or favourite, if you prefer.) Comment below—I’m waiting on pins and needles to hear your answer. (Ha!)

Gotta jet! It's back to the writing cave for me! Happy scribing, fellow scribes!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Word Count: 3,130

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