Thursday, February 11, 2010
Richard Lederer once did this game in Writer and I thought since the weekend is coming up you'd take a few minutes to dump the cliche and create something fresh, something so good that it too will become cliched after your book is published.
Here's how it goes: Complete the cliche then come up with a fresh and unique way of expressing the idea. While the cliches are four words, you don't have to stay with any word count. Your phrase just has to convey the idea and do it well. Do as many as you'd like or just hope some other talented writer will leave a comment with something spectacular.
1. clean as a _________
2. sharp as a _________
3. poor as a _________
4. bald as an _________
And BTW when you're revising, dump those cliches before you sub to an editor or an agent. I hope this little game will hone your cliche detection on that WIP. Good luck.