Guest post: Creative but not cliched by Jody Hedlund

I found Jody by following a tweet about her book.  I liked what she had to say on her blog about writing and getting published, so asked her if she would be a guest poster for the workshop.  Jody chose to address the topic of cliches, and I think you’ll like what she has to say.

Creative But Not Clichéd

Why do writers slip so easily into the cliché trap? I was a judge for a writer’s contest in the spring, and I ended up having to give lower marks to some of the entries for the use of clichés. Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about clichéd writing—especially how I can avoid it in my own books.

Often we think that only new writers have the problem of using clichés, that seasoned authors have learned to express themselves more uniquely.  But what I’m realizing it that it’s a trap for any writer at any point in the writing journey, because clichéd writing has more to do with laziness than ignorance.

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