Unsolicited Writing Advice - Don’t say anything that sounds familiar. When tempted to write a cliche or trite phrase, break the phrase down and come up with something new instead.
For instance: “They fought like cats and dogs.” The cliche is founded upon two animals thought to not get along. Tease out the nature of this relationship. Write that instead:
- "Their fights were primal, almost animalistic in their instinct-driven perpetuality."
- "I don’t think they could stop fighting if they wanted to. The conflict had long since become a part of their DNA."
- "Their fights had become a formality, as natural and as expected as dessert after dinner."
avoiding cliches is a really easy way to set yourself apart from other amateurs. It’s one of the biggest writing lessons I ever learned