I had once tried to write a story with a character whom I called the cliche master. Everything that came out of his mouth would be a cliche.
Unfortunately, in the attempt to conjure up that many cliches from memory, my brain froze and went into auto shutdown mode. So I gave up the project. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology (I think that may be a cliche), I have found a website with a listing of 681 cliches for writers to avoid. As a result, I’m bringing back the cliche master!
|The interpretations of the
theme “lily pad” by the painting
class at Stella Niagara in
Lewiston, New York
This post is a creative writing activity in two parts. Today, I will set up the story, and on Saturday, I will share my story. You are welcome to play along with me and write a story, too. I think that every story, using the same character descriptions and scenarios, will be very different, sort of like when I go to a painting class and we all paint the same subject, but each person paints a very different painting.
So… back to the cliche master… and the listing of cliches to avoid in writing. In this story, I would guess that I’m going to use as many of those cliches as possible. This is how I’m going to give the cliche master a voice. I’m also going to use a random plot generator to come up with characters, a setting, a situation, a theme, and character action.
Main character: A woman in her seventies, who can be quite restless.
Second character: A man in his sixties, who is very easy going and quirky, yet has nothing original to say (the cliche master).
Situation: Someone telling the truth is not believed (would you believe someone who is quirky and who spouted nothing but cliches?)
Theme: It’s a story about rebellion
Character Action: Your character has some questions to answer
OK, two days to play! Ready, set, go!!!!