When writing, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, there are numerous pitfalls to avoid and what follows is just a selection of the most commonly encountered ones. Clichés Some authors tend to overuse clichés, although sometimes it is hard to avoid doing so, as in the following phrases: caught like a rabbit in headlights comfortable in his own skin darkest before the dawn sleep like the dead. Overuse of clichés is bad enough, but where they get mangled or mixed … Continue reading “Pitfalls in writing”
A cliché is described by the Oxford English Dictionary as ‘a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought; a very predictable or unoriginal thing or person’. Also it is lazy writing, falling back on trite, hackneyed phrasing that has no place in quality creative writing.