These things are like jarring fists to the brain…at least in my opinion. Worst of all, as a writer myself, sometimes I am guilty of doing this; “Stick out like a sore thumb,” “One fell swoop,” “Cry over spilled milk” “Like a bat out of hell.”
I think you get the picture. (Yet another overused cliche to drive home the point. ) ARRRGGGH! It just keeps happening!”
In this Writing Exercise to do exactly what the picture to the left says; stop, look, listen…and Beware of trains. Yes, trains, the cliches and overused metaphors are TRAINS! They are dangerous when not driven with care. But stop and think about what you are saying. Look at the imagery that you are creating, and listen to what it is that you have finished saying.
EXERCISE: 1. Take the time and choose an image that appeals to you. Ponder it for as long as you would like, and then sit down and create a story about that image. Be sure to add at least three metaphors to this story to describe the scenery or the characters but use them in a way that flows naturally and don’t come across as contrived
2. After you have wrapped up the writing of your story go through the story and rework those metaphors (and cliches if you have used them.) Be creative, push beyond your limitations. Sure, it may be difficult but it is worth it!
Happy challenges and Happy writing!