Heads up! If you want to be a literary star, keep your eyes peeled for dime a dozen metaphors. Your writing will be dull as dishwater if you get stuck in a rut with commonplace similes.

I don’t want to mudsling, but I’ve seen a lot of top-notch writers, writers who are rolling in dough, pouring on tired symbolism. Worn-out metaphors can make writing that otherwise sparkles flat as a pancake.

I don’t have a silver bullet to help you ferret out overused phrases but here’s some advice you can take to the bank:

  1. Cultivate fresh imagery.
  2. Cherry pick your metaphors.
  3. Think you don’t use idioms mindlessly? If the shoe fits, wear it.

After reading this, you might be scared to death that your writing is chock full of lame clichés. Don’t throw in the towel! Just remember, laughter is the best medicine, and though editing can be a pain in the butt, every cloud has a silver lining. Pour your heart into your writing and, when all’s said and done, you’ll get over this hurdle.

Head over heels for common idioms? Cutting metaphors left and right? Share your experiences in the comments section, preferably via clichés!

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