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WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK: Avoid Cliche



WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK: Avoid Cliche
By Moontown_Moderator_Burlesque on 02/15/2012
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WRITING TIP OF THE WEEK: Avoid Cliches

A cliche is an expression, an idea, or element of an artistic work which has been OVERUSED to the point of losing its original meaning or effect.

The usage of cliches in poetic work can actually be a turn off to some readers. We must avoid falling into these patterns by:

-crafting our imagery in a metaphorical manner:

Example: Dying if sadness (a huge cliche) If I had a penny for every time I see this phrase in poetry would be a millionare.

Dying of pain can be replaced by wilting rose, decaying being, carried by the carriage of mortality, etc


-avoid falling into the same topics: sadness, depression, love making, love lost, etc

Should you decide to work on these overused topics, you must make sure that you do not fall into the same boring litany of lexical choices.


-avoid the usage of actual cliches:

Example: American as apple pie. Beat around the bush. The best thing since sliced bread; etc

The use of these make the poem doll, unoriginal, it causes your work to lack uniqueness.

Avoiding cliches is all about making your work shine and as unique as posible...




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By Moontown_Moderator_Burlesque On 2/15/2012 12:02:43 PM
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