You should be as nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof if you have just turned in a paper full of clichés. Writing a paper that uses these tired phrases is as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle. Not only are you trying to have your cake but you are also trying to eat it, too. It is possible to turn in a paper loaded with clichés, but if you don’t go the extra mile to be creative in your own right, your paper will fall short of its mark.
Now that you have seen a small sample of clichés, you have an idea of what you are looking to avoid. Clichés are descriptions that were creative when they were first used. Now, however, they are considered boring because they have been overused by numerous people in both written and in spoken contexts. In the way that too many cooks in the kitchen spoiled the soup, too many uses ruins the air of creativity that a phrase once had, making it as old as dirt. No one wants to read something that they have read before. Clichés are best avoided when writing because they are annoying to read and also take the fun out of creating new, somewhat eccentric descriptions.
The best way to avoid clichés is to come up with new descriptions that haven’t been used before. You don’t want to hear someone say that he could perform a daring escape with his eyes closed or with one hand tied behind his back. You want him to attempt to flee from a pack of wild gorillas while wearing noise-blocking headphones that blare Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and a banana suit and jumping on a pogo stick over a rickety old bridge. Which one sounds more interesting to you?
The art of avoiding clichés is to become as creative as possible. In order to do this, you must give your work some time and effort, and most importantly, have fun with your writing.