Kill the clichés!
Cliché—a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.
A cliché or cliche (UK /ˈkliːʃeɪ/ or US /klɪˈʃeɪ/) is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.
When starting out as a writer, I did not know the rules of clichés. Many readers and definitely literary agents frown upon the usage of them in stories. Why?
Clichés are basically a phrase that has been overused. It reflects the lack of your opinion and/or originality. They can become annoying, and might possibly get your manuscript rejected. Apparently, literary agents loathe clichés; however, I’m sure some are willing to overlook a few.
Avoid them *like the plague*, unless you are doing it to be cheeky.
Here is a website of abused sayings:
As you read several overused expressions, it’ll become more evident that clichés kill our uniqueness.You will see them as beacons in literature, and *the rolling of the eyes* will be entirely yours.
Are you an avid cliché writer, and your work is crawling with them? STOP IT! I would advise to revise. Find different ways to express or define a situation, emotion, or description. Use your own words.