Cliché - Wikipedia: A cliché is “an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect.” There is no time like the present to seize the day and improve your writing: Avoid cliché at all cost. This means avoiding hackneyed proverbs, truisms, oversimplifications, and vague or otherwise boring prose.

To make prose sharp, focus on making it both novel and rich with significant content. Novel, rich content can take nearly any form: Children’s books, for example, can be as novel and rich as literary fiction (though they rarely are so). A wonderful time to weed out clichés in your writing is during the editing process.

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