104 Worst Cliches (that’s cliches without the accented “e”…)

I found this article written by Randy F. Nelson in an old issue of The Writer (Sept. ’08).

For the sake of everyone’s sanity (mainly my own) and being sued for copyright, I thought I’d share only a few as an ode to writing and lists.

104. A single tear that runs, flows, trickles or glistens.

84. Any epiphany that is specifically referred to as “an epiphany”.

78. Any huge mistake, particularly one that someone will regret for the rest of his life.

69. A character who goes down the path of something, especially a path of no return.

51. Any character who pensively lights a cigarette while thinking pensively about something pensive at a peculiarly pensive moment of the story.

50. The word Yo plus any dialogue (unless the next word is Adrian).

42. Any object, thought, fear or anxiety that is looming somewhere, especially if looming large.

41. Anything on any street that is dimly lit.

27. Secondary characters consisting of fraternity idiots, sorority sluts, science nerds, lecherous professors, moronic coaches, or maniacally disturbed janitors and/or cafeteria workers.

3. The Top 10 of anything, the top 100 of anything, or worse, 101 of anything.


This one always made me laugh and Nelson did a great job with it. Hilarious.


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Writer living in Toronto. "Sneak out of your window darling, let's live like outlaws honey." View all posts by jtkwriting

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