Replace tired language with metaphor
Why avoid clichés in writing?
Avoid clichés by using metaphor
Replace dead language with vibrant figures of speech
Get your ducks in a row: Or better yet, don’t. Because that’s a tired, worn-out cliché.
Don’t let zombies eat your readers’ brains
Zombie attack! Don’t fill your message with dead1 and dead2 metaphors.
What’s in a buzzword? Nothing.
If you’re writing about vertically integrated digital-media companies, stop typing
What’s the buzz? Take a buzz saw to corporate buzzwords.
How to avoid clichés in writing
How to avoid cliché in writing
Shift imagery to refresh your metaphor
Shift imagery: Because sports, war and car images are so — yawn! — overdone.
How to resurrect a dead metaphor
Revive or reimagine a cliché
Breathe new life into a tired cliché by extending or otherwise playing with it.
How to avoid clichés in your messages
Turn hackneyed phrases into fresh, exciting metaphors
Don’t let readers burn out on your message: Search and destroy lifeless clichés.
More on how to avoid clichés in writing
Best resources on cliché, metaphors
Websites, books and tools
Learn more tricks for replacing clichés with analogies.
Quotes on writing clichéd metaphors
What writers & others say
“Strike (clichés) from your writing and choose fresh language and images — it’s the difference between heating up a TV dinner and levitating your pasta with magic mushrooms.”— Cathy Copley, et. al., editors, The Writer’s Complex Style Seminar