Avoid the Cliché
Rory C. Keel
Teachers of the writing craft are unanimous about avoiding the cliché. Have you heard that one before?
A cliché is the use of phrases or expressions that are overused to the point of losing the desired effect of the intended meaning.
One example might be “Are you a man or a mouse?”
While you may want to express the level of strength or fear in your character to that of a small animal, to use this phrase would show lack of originality in your writing. Try to find other words that will demonstrate the meaning and will bring originality to your writing.