I admit it. I like clichés. I’ve sneaked them into my writing, but my critique partners sniff them out faster than bloodhounds on the trail of a fresh steak. The only way I get a cliché past those ladies is to weave it into dialogue, and even then I get the cyber stink-eye.
Some detest clichés for the very reason I adore them: Familiarity. I ask you, what’s so horrible about familiarity?
A cliché came to mind, didn’t it?
Familiar isn’t always best. Think of it this way–I love my old jeans. They’re comfortable, but they’re also worn out. I wouldn’t wear them to a job interview. That’s unsuitable. So it is with a manuscript full of common phrases.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Every subject on the planet has been addressed, but we writers keep writing anyway. One of the greatest challenges we have is to revitalize predictable expressions with fresh language.
A tall order? You bet.
~ Jericha Kingston