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Avoid Clichés

Using humor to ‘make his point’ about a writers use of cliches, Gary Provost shares this advice:

p_cliche“Clichés are a dime a dozen. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. They’ve been used once too often. They’ve outlived their usefulness. Their familiarity breeds contempt. They make the writer look as dumb as a doornail and they cause the reader to sleep like a log. So be sly as a fox. Avoid clichés like the plague. If you start to use one, drop it like a hot potato. Instead, be smart as a whip. Write something that is fresh as a daisy, cute as a button and sharp as a tack. Better safe than sorry.”

From 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, by Gary Provost

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