After sitting through the latest installment of Transformers for my movie reviewing day job, I was surprised yet again how people can allocate gazillions of dollars to stunning special effects but don't bother hiring a good writer for the screenplay.
I mean seriously, the script was ridden with one cliché after the next.
Now I know the cliché about how clichés are clichés for a reason (and that's because the inherent truth behind it is often true), but I still couldn't believe how downright lame the story was. Just because it's a blow-it-all-up action movie doesn't give it a free pass—or at least that's what I think...
And that got me thinking about an article I just read on Write it Sideways about the hideousness that is clichéd writing, whether it's the characters, the action or even your personal word choice. When you're writing, it's downright easy to opt for clichés; after all, they're the first things that usually pop into your head.
But once you've gotten those out of your system and racked your brain a bit for something more clever, you're not only doing your writing a big ol' favor, but you're giving a great gift to your readers, too.
Now how about you? Do you find that clichés are part of your favorite go-to sentences? And if so, how do you kick them to the proverbial curb so you (and your readers) don't suffer?