Avoid clichés like the plague.
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“There is no use indicting words, they are no shoddier than what they peddle.” — Samuel Beckett, 1958
When it comes to writing, clichés are a dime a dozen. They are a thorn in our side that we must nip in the bud — that is, if we want our writing to hit the nail on the head.
For writers, clichés are the elephant in the room that we need to address head-on. It goes without saying that they are a slippery slope that can lead to a dead end.
But the truth is, clichés are a double-edged sword that can make or break your writing.