Chat replay: What should I use instead of cliches in my writing?

We have an appetite for fresh, not stale, foods. We like fresh air and fresh ideas. I guess we even use products to make us smell fresh. With the exception of boys who got slapped and called "fresh!" for making passes at girls who wore glasses, the word fresh has positive connotations. We even know a foreign variant as when we enjoy a table outdoors to eat al fresco.

What is fresh when it comes to original language? We have names for language that is stale. We call it hackneyed, or cliched, or trite or stereotypical. Cutting that stuff out is easier than finding a fresh replacement, but there are ways to make your writing more original.

We talked about how to make your writing more original and offered related tips in this week's writing chat. You can replay the chat below at any time.

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    Roy Peter Clark

    Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at Poynter to students of all ages since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.


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