New answers tagged cliches
The great thing about 'suddenly' is that it appears at the start of the sentence, so itself appears suddenly to the reader, but you can replace it easily with something stronger... Start a sentence with a jarring word or image instead of a 'suddenly'. Like one, or even all of the below examples: Blood splattered his hands. Glass shattered around ...
While some computer programs are helpful in simple tasks, they can't pick out things like clichés, redundancies, and word salad (unnecessary filler words). That requires the fresh perspective, which can only come from others such as fellow writers, beta readers, editors, etc. The best advice for any writer is to read your manuscript aloud, rewrite, get it ...
Clichéd descriptions and hackneyed actions exist in writing because they are such common occurrences in real life. For example, when people are waiting anxiously for something, they often really do pace up and down the room. I've done it; you've done it. And people often use clichés in real life, e.g., "it's raining cats and dogs out there" or "she was ...
People do pace up and down when tense. It's hardly more of a cliché than depicting them as crying when sad. Make them say or think surprising and non-clichéd things while they pace.
There is an immense collection of common tropes and clichés, with plentiful usage examples, at tvtropes.
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