Here are 12 cliches to avoid (like the plague) from Brian Klems, about cliches, from the Writerʻs Digest Blog.
1. Avoid it like the plague
2. Dead as a doornail
3. Take the tiger by the tail
4. Low hanging fruit
5. If only walls could talk
6. The pot calling the kettle black
7. Think outside the box
8. Thick as thieves
9. But at the end of the day
10. Plenty of fish in the sea
11. Every dog has its day
12. Like a kid in a candy store
Now that you’ve seen ours, what I want to know is: What cliches annoy you the most? Post it below in the comments section for a chance to win a free copy of the new October issue of Writer’s Digest (which features a list of 25 agents who are looking for new clients, as well as how to submit to each one). I’ll pick one commenter at random from my trusty hat. Plus, get an additional chance to win a free issue just by Tweeting this (be sure the hashtag is there so I can track it):
12 Cliches All Writers Should Avoid (& Win a FREE copy of @WritersDigest) – http://bit.ly/QBBT2o (via @BrianKlems) #wdCliches
Deadline to enter for a chance to win: August 30.
OK, so thereʻs the contest news. Follow the first link to find out more.
And just a thought from renegade me…. wouldnʻt it be cool to write something that REDEEMS these old clunkers of phrases? Hmmmmmmm.
Life is just a bowl of cherries, yʻall