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30 Days of Writing Tips – Day 7 – Avoid Clichés

Easy as pie?

The admonition to freelance writers avoid clichés is probably a cliché in itself. Which doesn’t make it less true. Meryl K. Evans, the Content Maven has a delightful post called Dodging Tired Clichés and Phrases.

It’s fun and informative because she uses her experience of writing the article to demonstrate how easily tired phrases can sneak in and what you can do about them. It’s almost like watching over her shoulder as she writes.

Clichés, of course, develop because they are mostly true. That’s how it happens after all.

Deciding to work at avoiding the predictable is probably the only way a freelance writer will be able to let go of the cliche habit.

A helpful and horrifying website is the Cliché Site. There are (ahem) more clichés there than you can (ahem) shake the proverbial stick at. Every thing from the daily cliché to an alphabetical listing of the dreaded phrases.

How do you avoid clichés?

Share your favorite freelance writing tip?

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