This New Year, I resolved to use no more clichés. Since my writing is typically picture perfect, I was hard pressed to pinpoint any of my literary shortcomings off the top of my head. My policy has always been, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, after mulling it over, I put my finger on the fly in the ointment. At long last, it hit me like a ton of bricks: Every writer drops the ball now and then. The best laid plans of mice and men cannot guarantee that a hackneyed expression will not wreak havoc on an otherwise brilliant essay. Therefore, I am dead set on not using a single cliché in 2008. You can take that to the bank!
The truth be told, a cliché can really rain on a writer’s parade. Take the other day for instance. I had just finished shooting my manuscript off to the Editor of the Delta Wind via email, when my better half showed up as happy as a clam, intending to butter me up for some shopping money. She found me at my computer crying my eyes out.
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