This is why it would be great if cliches just dropped dead.
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Previously on Business Blogging for Beginners (Analyzing the Blogger), we looked at what makes a blogger a blogger.
It may be April Fool’s Day, but we know that you’re no fool! Trust us when we say that this is a real update. Let’s move on to the content part of blogging, more specifically, repetition and cliches.
“I might not use capital letters. But I would definitely use an apostrophe…and probably a period. I’m a huge fan of punctuation.” ―Rainbow Rowell, ‘Eleanor & Park‘
Clichés and Repetition
Writing is a series of choices. As you work on a paper, you choose your topic, your approach, your sources, and your thesis; when it’s time to write, you have to choose the words you will use to express your ideas and decide how you will arrange those words into sentences and paragraphs. As you revise your draft, you make more choices. You might ask yourself, “Is this really what I mean?” or “Will readers understand this?” or “Does this sound good?”
Finding words that capture your meaning and convey that meaning to your readers is challenging. When your instructors write things like “awkward,” “vague,” or “wordy” on your draft, they are letting you know that they want you to work on word choice.
Writing Mistakes to Avoid
- Using tired clichés
- Synonym abuse
- Being unclear with dangling modifiers
- Poor grammar
- Improper punctuation
Be concise. Say no to redundancy
Just say it once. There is no need to use two sentences to say the same thing. It’s easy to catch and correct. Below are some examples:
“That way is the right direction.” Correct – “That is the right direction.”
“That insect is a weird looking bug.” Correct – “That is a weird-looking bug.”
What are Clichés?
A cliché is a word or phrase that has been so overused in writing that it’s no longer effective.
“A good writer is a great writer when they can make the cliché work again.” – Gossamer Silverglow
Junk These Clichés:
- As cool as the cucumber
- Every dog has its day
- No pain, no gain
- A clean slate
- A pain in the neck
- A penny saved is a penny earned
- All your eggs in one basket
- Dead tired
- Add insult to injury
- Beat a dead horse
- Too little, too late
- Actions speak louder than words
- Laughter is the best medicine
- People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones at others
- Take the bull by the horns
- Apples to oranges
- It goes without saying
- Hit the nail on the head
- In a nutshell
- Blood is boiling
- Think outside the box
- Low hanging fruit
- You win some, you lose some
- Walk the talk
- Win-win situation
- Paradigm shift
- Go viral
In a nutshell, the lesson to be learned here is to avoid cliches like the plague because they are old hat. Being a writer involves constant improvement of your writing and trimming off the excess fat. It takes hard work and dedication but it is definitely worth it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Update: Move on to Lesson Ten