Thursday, September 11, 2008

Topic: Cliches

10-Second Review: The author identifies 104 clichés, not just expressions, but characters and story plots as well.

Title: “104 Worst Creative-Writing Clichés.” Randy F. Nelson. The Writer (September 2008), 30-32. The Writer is a publication that encourages writers to continue writing.

Summary: The author’s opening sentence sets the tone of the article: “Clichés, in my opinion, are substitutes for thinking.” Here is just a sampling: characters who reveal their true feelings, "more or less," "seemingly," "couldn’t be further from the truth," "in broad daylight," "harsh reality," "gaping holes," etc., etc.

Comment: This is an article that is worth keeping. Especially interesting are the clichéd story plots. RayS.

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

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