Tuesday, 25 October 2016

An experiment in cliches

I thought I'd see how far I'd get writing something using mainly cliches. It's harder than I thought. If anyone would like to continue this sorry tale in the same vein, feel free.


Across the manicured lawn of their house in the leafy suburb of Codminster, a couple sat in companionable silence. Suddenly, they were disturbed by a sickening thud. It was every parent's worst nightmare!

Her parents were devastated.

"She was our beautiful baby girl,' they wept. 'So passionate about everything. She always gave a hundred and ten percent of herself, and now she's gone.'

'I'll go and put the kettle on,' said her mother. 'There's nothing like a nice cup of tea.'

19 comments:

  1. Oh dear! I'm afraid you're not very good at putting together clich├ęs, Frances. Better stick to writing good, readable books; that is something you are really good at.

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    1. Meike, all I can say in my defense is that, as I said, it's harder than you'd think. You have a go!

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    1. Perhapsp I shsoudl delete it, DT...

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    2. ...and that last, because of multiple typos. Oh dear...

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    1. Good try, RWT, though maybe you're using some sayhings rather than cliches...?

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    1. I'm seriously concerned that my blog is taking up too much of your time, RWP...?

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  6. You're trying to make me think again Frances!

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    1. Please don't take it too personally, Graham. This is the kind of thing I do when the real writing is going badly!

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  7. Cliches are as old as the hills, but every cloud has a silver lining so I'll make haste while the sun shines. I'm as good as done with all of this and reading between the lines I'm talking through my hat. All's well that ends well. Cheerio!

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    1. Aren't these saying rather than cliches? Never mind. Thank you, Maggie!

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    2. No, according to what I looked up, these are proper cliches!

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    3. I must say I think that Maggie's are more cliches than yours but I am not sure. I thought that your 1st sentence was just adding adjectives ? I might now go and look up " cliche", then come back and apologise!!

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  8. It's only hard to litter the story with cliches if you're actually trying to do that. As soon as you try to write anything else, they'll spring up loke daisies.

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    1. You are absolutely right, Patsy. And therein lies the main problem with cliches.

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