Description Review: Avoid Clichés via About.com

Article by Ginny Wiehardt

It's easy to lapse into cliches when describing something. I'm not sure why this is, except that descriptions are hard, and so the temptation to fall back on tried and true catchphrases is strong. Stephen King offers examples of what not do to and some advice: "He ran like a madman, she was as pretty as a summer day, Bob fought like a tiger . . . don't waste my time (or anyone's) with such chestnuts. It makes you look either lazy or ignorant."

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