Writing Clichés and How to Avoid Them

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Clichés are something I’m still coming to terms with as a writer. I used to think that clichés were mostly common phrases;

“As blind as a bat.”
“In the nick of time!”
“You got up on the wrong side of the bed.”

And while these are examples of clichés, they’re not alone. A cliché is essentially anything that has become overused or unoriginal. And in writing, the last thing you want to do is fill your work with them.

What is a cliché?
As mentioned above, a cliché is something overused, something that doesn’t come from original thoughts. These often tend to slip into our vocabulary, and so we may end up writing them without realising it. A cliché can be a word choice or phrase, but also a character or story arc.

Clichéd phrases
As well as the phrases above here are some other examples:
“She took a deep…

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