Cliche Coffee Cup

Read the chatscript from this session of #litchat here.

When a cool new idiom comes along it’s tempting to sprinkle it into your fiction to give it a hip, edgy feel. The more these idioms are used, the less impact they make on the reader. Soon these phrases become hackneyed clichés to be avoided. In this week’s WritingWednesday we’ll explore how clichés form, why they weaken prose, how to identify them in your writing and reading, and writing original prose without drawing from clichés.

Resource Media

What Are the Most Common Cliches in Fiction Writing?
Suchithra Ravi, The Huffington Post

Ten Tips to Avoid Clichés in Writing
Peter Selgin, Writer’s Digest

Cliché, the Literary Default
Jon Gingerich, LitReactor

Curiouser Institute

How to Avoid Clichés
Sal Glynn, Grammar Girl

How Clichéd is Your Writing: Take the Test
Suzannah Windsor Freeman, Write It Sideways

How to Recognize and Avoid Clichés in Writing
Arlene Prunkl, PenUltimate Editorial Services

681Clichés to Avoid in Your Writing
Pearl Luke, Be A Better Writer