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( Aug. 2nd, 2010 04:22 pm)
I guess that's sort of bad.

Been working out a lot, getting all the crap I want to take to college ready... I've also been writing a lot. Well, typing, actually, now. I got a laptop as a grad/b-day present, so I've been banging away on the keys.

And now for some boring stuff. I figure I'll start posting exercise stuff to keep track:
2.23 miles, 18 minutes, plus a buttload of arm and leg stuff at the gym.

I need to learn to keep better track of what I do.


I feel like talking about this, regardless of whether someone reads it or not.

My thoughts/advice on/for dealing with cliches. )
"1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, or strong as an ox.

(in art, literature, drama, etc.) a trite or hackneyed plot, character development, use of color, musical expression, etc.

anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse. "

Okay, 1. is what I'm aiming for here. (Although 2. is a discussion for another time.) And in case you can't read that "tiny" print:
"1. a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse."

(Can't get rid of the bold, crap.) Continuing on, let's talk about these in relation to writing. When you're searching for a way to describe something so that people will understand what you are talking about (something that is very important in writing), cliches tend to be the easiest way out of trying to describe something. Here, let me give you a few of my "favorites":

"Cute as a button." (Go to a craft store. Trust me, not all buttons are cute.)

"It vanished into thin air." (As opposed to, say, fat air? Anorexic air? Slightly overweight-but-not-enough-to-be-concerned air? No.)

"His face went as red as a tomato." (OLDEST ONE EVER, I SWEAR. It just bothers me. Just say his/her/its face is red, or that he/she/it is embarassed/blushing! Good grief.)

To the point now: AVOID CLICHES. That should be obvious by our good ol' definition up there! These things are trite, overused, and HAVE LOST THEIR IMPACT. That means that you are not going to make a very strong picture in your readers' heads if you use these in place of normal description. And, seeing as you cannot and should not repeat descriptions of a character/place/thing in your book (unless it is being explained to another character or something like that, but even then it should be very brief), you want to use something other than a cliche.

I really hate cliches. Onward we go!

So what do you do to avoid these cliches? Well, the easiest way is to just SAY WHAT YOU FRIGGIN' MEAN. Really. It's that simple. For example, instead of "It vanished into thin air," try "It disappeared," or "It vanished."  Or instead of something like "He's about as useful as a lead balloon," use "He's useless." 

Very simple.

See, that's all cliches do. They replace simple description.

What? You want to to be more ornate than that? Or do you want it to reflect how you write?

Okay, well, the first one's easy. Although I don't recommend it, you could take one of those simple sentences and go at it with a thesaurus. Add adjectives, and hey, while you're at it, add desciption specific to how it happened. (It disappeared? What is it? How did it disappear? Where? When? Why? If it's in dialogue, is the character explaining these things? If so, make it interesting--get into their head and  talk about it.)

You could also spice up the replacement for cute-as-a-button (she's pretty/beautiful) or whatever cliche you're avoiding and use it as an opportunity for character description! There are many things you can do, and I'm going to assume you're smart enough to figure it out.

And as for putting your own writer's voice into it? Well, that depends on you. Me, I tend to write serious things with touches of humor (sometimes more than a touch, I guess) and sarcasm and such. Here's one I used sometime ago in a story in place of "He went as red as a tomato/apple/insert overused object of comparison here.":

"He blushed a deep red, about the same color as the red heart-print boxers he was wearing." (A very specific phrase, but good in the moment I needed it.)

That certainly gives you a better image than that dumb tomato, right?

So, in summation (blah blah blah):

AVOID CLICHES. LOOK UP LISTS OF THEM IF YOU HAVE TO SO YOU CAN AVOID THEM. If you think it sounds like a cliche, don't use it. But don't go overboard on description, okay? That's a subject for another day.


P.S. Did I mention that I hated cliches? (Oh, hey, bold is gone...) They are annoying to read in writing, too, in addition to showing that you are being lazy. While most people can avoid them easily, they tend to slip in. CHECK YOUR WORK. HAVE SOMEONE EDIT IT. Just don't let them slip in, okay? Unless you are attempting to make fun of them, in which case this post is not for you. :) Good night.

Hello, world! Slowly, I am getting myself acquainted with this wonderful new (to me) website. So far, liking it better than LJ. :)

It may take me a while to get settled in and get involved. I'm also debating about what I should post here, which could be anything from writing (of which mine spans a gamut from G to R, short to long, crazy to serious), my budding exercise fetish, the awfully boring but occasionally exciting things I stumble into awkwardly, or whatever the hell else I can find in the world to talk about. So that leaves... a lot. Hm.

Anyhow, I do swear from time to time, so if I do, I'll either place a warning in the title or label this "Viewer Discretion Advised." Likewise, depending on if I post writing/what I post, the rating/warning will change. Not gonna lie--I don't often write smutty stuff, nor do I share it. So you won't have to worry about your eyes being burned out, ha ha.

Okay, I should talk specifically about me, I guess, not generally.

-I'm 7 days away from being 18--my birthday is July 29.

-I love bright colors and rainbowy things, but I also uber-love black and white schemes. My only real dislike is hot pink--it just doesn't do anything for me.

-Um, I'm not much of a fangirl (in terms of level of obsession, which is low), but for books I like The Vampire Chronicles (a recent fad with me, I'm slow/young), Harry Potter, the Deepgate Codex (it's a trilogy by Alan Campbell), and basically anything with faeries. (I don't like Twilight. I count those "vampires" as faeries.) Actually, I like a ton of books, but these are the major ones standing out in my head. (Oh, also love anything by Paulo Coelho.)

-For videogames, I'm into anything "Tales of--" (especially Abyss and Symphonia), Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem, Radiata Stories, Trauma Center, Xenosaga, Skies of Arcadia, and Shin Megami Tensei/Persona series stuff. I may be forgetting something.

-Uh, movies? Just ask me, I can't name them all. You can ask about books, too--if I haven't read it, then I will if you tell me about it!

-Music: just about anything, really. I don't particularly care for country or rap, but I can listen to them. Occasionally they have something good. I, however, was raised mostly on rock, alternative, and pop, so... yeah. But now I've expanded to liking really most anything that comes my way. Faves for the moment? Muse, Owl City, Roisin Murphy, Mindless Self Indulgence, Christina Aguilera. (This all varies, except for Muse. I <3 Muse.)

-I really love to write, and I love to read even more. (I have actually been forbidden from buying books due to space shortage in my room.) If you're a writer, point me in the direction of some of your work! Totally would love to read it.

-Speaking of which, fave genres? Sci-fi, fantasy, thriller/crime novels, steampunk, mysteries... okay, most everything. Fantasy may be my most favorite.

-Going off to the University of Akron August 13th. Scared/nervous/excited.

-Short hair originally reddish-brown dyed/streaked with blonde, a bit chubby (actually, not bad now at all. Still working on it, though), approximately 5'7" I think, wears lots of t-shirts, jeans, tanktops and shorts, but loves to dress up nicer now. <3 I finally hit the girly-ish streak my mother always wanted me to have! And it only took... forever.

-I think that's a lot about me, but what about you?

Any who see this, please leave a comment to say hi! You don't have to read all this TL;DR. :D Tell me something about you~~~