Over the weekend I was able to attend a writing conference in Provo, UT called LTUE (or Life, the Universe, and Everything). It was awesome to say the least, but more about that on Friday. In one of the classes I attended, the teacher said to do a writing exercise where you take cliches, especially ones you find yourself using a lot in your writing, and then put them into your own words.
I thought this could be a really useful prompt, especially since I found myself using cliches just a few days before I attended the conference. I couldn't seem to stop myself from typing them. So that is the prompt for today. If you can't think of any cliches you use a lot off the top of your head, here is a link to a Writer's Digest article that lists 12 cliches every writer should avoid: http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/12-cliches-all-writers-should-avoid
Try your hand at one of those. Or for an even more extensive list that is sorted alphabetically try this site: http://www.be-a-better-writer.com/cliches.html They have 681 cliches listed there.
Here is my attempt at this prompt:
"You're all thumbs."
"You're the opposite of a dog. They don't have thumbs, and that's all you have."
Not my best work, but you get the gist. There are a million ways to do this too. You don't have to use dialogue either, that's just what works best for me.
I'll try more later when I have the time. Because I spent all weekend learning about writing techniques at LTUE and ignoring my homework, I'm playing catch up this week and this weekend.
Show me one of your favorite rewritten cliches in the comment section below. For even more fun, don't tell me what the original cliche was, I'll have to try and guess it. If I guess it right, then it's a safe bet you conveyed the same message as the cliche without actually having to use it. I look forward to reading your responses. Good luck!
Keep on Creating,
K. A. Jairl
K. A. Jairl
My name is Kim and I'm glad you stopped by. This is where I post my triumphs and my downfalls as I fight the good fight of being a writer mom everyday.