5. Clichés - Deepstash
5. Clichés

5. Clichés

When a reader is forced to work through one stale idiom after another, she stops converting the language into mental images and slips back into just mouthing the words.

Examples:

Bread and butter

Coasting on its laurels

Renaissance man

Bite the bullet

Knock people's socks off

Sky's the limit

Throw the baby with the bathwater

Elephant in the room

Even when a shopworn image is the best way to convey an idea, a classic writer can keep his reader engaged by remembering what the idiom literally refers to and playing with the image to keep it in her mind’s eye.

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Style is the effective use of words to engage the human mind. Below are some common approaches that could be minimized to make your writing more effective and and engaging, whether that's fiction or non-fiction.

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