But anyway, while I've been reading through the partials, I've decided that the time had come to do a list of deadly cliches. Basically, these are terms or descriptions that can kill your writing in one blow, since as soon as I read one, I'll be rolling my eyes. (See, using cliches to describe cliches!)
An incomplete list includes the following examples.
- "Notched her chin": Because obviously, I wind my chin up like a piece of adjustable furniture, and therefore, it clicks when it goes up each notch.
- "With trembling palm": How often do your hands tremble? And if your hands are trembling, which is rare, unless you have a disease, how does a palm tremble independently of a hand? See where I'm going?
- "Scalp prickled": Not an effective descriptive term. My scalp doesn't prickle, and if it did, I'd assume something was wrong with it.
- "Blood charging through veins": Is something chasing the blood?
- "Glimmer of enthusiasm": They shine, do they?
- "Glint in her eye": And now the character becomes an anime character, complete with huge eyes!
Hit me with your best deadly cliches in the comments. =)