Tag: cliche

  • Henchmen With Terrible Aim: A Guide to Understanding Tropes

    Henchmen With Terrible Aim: A Guide to Understanding Tropes

    Mistaken identity is one of the most common tropes in all of storytelling. From “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to “The Big Lebowski,” writing is filled with instances of one person being mistaken for another and hijinks ensuing. If you’re worried about being mistaken for somebody who knows what a trope is when, in actuality,…

  • Common Clichés To Avoid in Writing

    Common Clichés To Avoid in Writing

    I began cutting common clichés from my writing after spending several years teaching English to refugees. A cliché that’s understood in one part of the world may cause confusion in another. Clichés are so overused that people can rattle them off without thinking, and some may even be offensive. Let’s look at several common clichés…

  • Truism: The Truth Is the Truth

    Truism: The Truth Is the Truth

    Have you ever heard someone say something so clever that you had to go back and have it repeated so it could really sink in? Maybe you spent the next few days thinking about the statement, trying to understand the meaning, knowing it would make a profound difference in your life if you could just…