One of the first things I learned as a new writer was to avoid using clichés. Because of that advice, I stayed clear of using catch phrases, stereotypes, and other overused words that point to weak writing. But here’s the thing…some clichés I really like. I find I verbalize clichés more so than writing them, but doggone it some situations call for the use of a good-old-fashioned cliché.
Out of curiosity, I checked the internet to see what kind of information was out there about clichés and I found a ton of stuff. My goodness…there are sites like http://www.westegg.com/cliche/ that help you find clichés based on a simple word search, and there are also sites like http://www.clichesite.com/ that list clichés—hundreds of them—topically. In the last few audio books I’ve listened to, I’ve noticed a cliché that gets a lot of mileage. How many times have you read a novel where someone was “waiting for an eternity?”
Since we normally have nothing good to say about the poor cliché, I thought we’d sneak and share a few we like to use from time to time.
Guess I’ll go first…
Here are a few of my favorite clichés.
It is what it is.
Out like a light.
Between a rock and a hard place.
Sleep like a baby.
Who’s brave enough to admit having a favorite cliché or two? Oh come on, I can’t be the only one. Who’s with me….