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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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Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power

writingFrom: 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing
By: Gary Provost

Twelve Ways to Give Your Words Power

  1. Use Short Words.
  2. Use Dense Words.
  3. Use Familiar Words.
  4. Use Active Verbs.
  5. Use Strong Verbs.
  6. Use Specific Nouns.
  7. Use the Active Voice … most of the time.
  8. Say Things in a Positive Way … most of the time.
  9. Be Specific.
  10. Use Statistics.
  11. Provide Facts.
  12. Put Emphatic Words at the End.

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing explains each piece of advice in greater detail. This writing resource should be in every writer’s library. I don’t use it every day. But when I do refer to this reference, I always find a nugget of wisdom to apply to my own writing.

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