By Gabriel Eziorobo
Cliches are words or sentences that have been used over and over in time past. They have been used by different people both in speaking and in writing. As a result of this familiarity. They are no longer interesting, attractive, valuable, or charming for readers to read and also writers to use when writing.
- You will reap what you have sowed.
- The man has kicked the bucket.
- Charity begins at home.
- Show me your friends and I will tell you whom you are.
- Bad manners corrupt good manners.
- If you are in my shoes what would you do? e.t.c
There are lots of them but those are the common ones you can easily see. They need to be replaced with your own words or sentences. They no longer attract readers and readers are not looking for writers who make use of cliches when writing. It doesn't impress your readers and it doesn't make you a creative writer.
1. It doesn't make you a creative writer:
It will not make your writing a unique one or special. It will not impact something new to
your writing. And it will not take you to a higher dimension as a writer. Why? They are outdated for you to use and should not be found in your art work. Writers have been using them for long and the new generations are still using them. You can see it doesn't make sense to begin using cliches. You have to put your words or sentences in place of them for your work to look different.
2. It doesn't impress your readers:
Readers are getting tired everyday by day from reading books or articles that contain cliches. They want to read something new. Something new they can share with their friends or family members when they finish reading. This is something you should be concerned of as a writer and stop using familiar words. It doesn't impress your readers to keep reading your written work.
Note: Cliches are not only the words or sentences that have been used by different people in time past. It can also be the things writers have been doing in the industry that are no longer attractive to be used when writing. You should avoid cliches in your writing. Make use of your own words.
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Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.