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The 8 Worst Clichés in Fiction

July 2, 2016

A Writer's Path


by Michael Cristiano

As a writer, there is always a pressure to write something that can sell. I have a weird relationship with this notion, but for the sake of this post, let’s just say that it’s true.

However, as a freelance editor, I encounter authors every day (whether I do work for them or not) who cave to the pressure of writing something marketable by incorporating clichés into their stories. Don’t get me wrong: using a cliché here or there won’t destroy a novel for me. There are many novels I adore that employ many a cliché.

On the other hand, not all clichés are created equal, and some make me more annoyed (read: inexplicably furious) than others. Here is a list of clichés that I just. can’t. STAND.

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  1. Thanks for gem. I shared your link and left a comment on their post.

    Do you have a twitter account where I can stalk, sorry, um, follow you?

    • I used to, but not anymore. I got so many tweets, I couldn’t get anything else done. I’m not planning on using Twitter again unless the new publisher I get insists on it, even then it will a closed group. I think I averaged 500 tweets a day. I’m on Facebook as Connie Terpack. I put writing and faith posts there, but it has it’s share of cooking, political and silly stuff. I follow several other authors on facebook so you would see reposts from them and it would give you other authors to stalk, er, follow. 🙂

      • LOL. I had that comment coming… 😉

        I cannot believe you reached that many tweets. Wow. I can see why you switched it off. Unfortunately, because of the last timeline changes which mean everything everyone you follow, ever does is spammed to your timeline, I have totally given up on Facebook. I pop in every once in a while to maintain my King David Project page, but that’s it. Once I couldn’t find my friends amongst all the muck, that was it!

        Have you been to my King David project site or blog?

  2. Cate, I finally visited your Kind David project site. I could have spent all day there! I’d like to use a few of those posts for my Faith Filled Friday blog, if that’s okay with you. It won’t be for a few weeks while I do the other posts I’ve planned–there are 4 in the series. God’s Love was #1, so that leaves 3 more.
    You answered the question I had about Facebook. I was surprised to see a number of strangers on my page. Now I know why. I can still find my friends, thankfully.
    Take care. You’re in my prayers.

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