I’ve been busy this week working on a book proposal, critiquing, and generally sorting out my overcommitted life. LOL. What about you? As you can see from the intro, we’re going to discuss clichés this week in Writers’ Corner.
A cliché is any overused expression. Because we have a tendency to speak with clichés, especially in the South, recognizing them in our writing can be a challenge. There’s always a better way to express your thoughts and those of your characters than to use worn-out phrases. An editor might excuse an occasional slip-up, but repeated clichés reflect lazy writing. The exception to this is dialogue, because as I stated above, real people use them in speech.
Here are a few examples:
All in due time An arm and a leg
As luck would have it Better safe than sorry
Between a rock and a hard place Cool as a cucumber
Cut to the chase Fit as a fiddle
Keep your chin up He keeps his cards close to his vest.
Knock on wood Lesser of two evils
At the drop of a hat At her wits' end
New lease on life Out of sight, out of mind
See the light No time like the present
Twist of fate Light as a feather
Time will tell Live and learn
Now, I’d like to hear from you. What is your most frequently used cliché?