Sunday, December 18, 2005

To Hell With Cliches

At this moment in time, it behooves each and every one of us to throw all cliches overboard, for they are, journalistically, a veritable blot on the landscape. However, it is often difficult to throw them away, but when push comes to shove they must be put on a back burner.

Only then can we create a level playing field for real writers to ply their trade, for only when cliches are as dead as the dodo will there be a quantum leap in the general quality of written prose. At the end of the day all readers will benefit, for, once we move the goalposts, cliche-free writing will establish itself as the cutting edge and become state-of-the-art. In fact it will become a whole new ballgame.

So we must get the idea of cliche-free writing up and running, but impress upon everyone that this is merely the tip of the iceberg impacting a wide range of issues and their parameters. Therefore we must become pro-active, and consign to oblivion the detritus of the past, and sweep it into the dustbin of history.

This will provide a golden opportunity for us all to become the movers and shakers of the future. Let us give a clean bill of health to the new way of thinking, and leave nothing off the table, and get to the nitty-gritty of the problem.

But we should also avoid overkill, and continue to take cognizance of the wide range of issues encompassing the conventional wisdom, and not become too simplistic. For, when the chips are down, this is all we can do.

Eliminating clichés in our writing will enable us better to think outside the box, and make each new day a meaningful learning experience. But in the last analysis there will have to be a utilization of all available resources to spread the word that clichés are the kiss of death to good writing.

Indeed, writers must be made to realize they will be skating on thin ice if they don’t make an effort to write in a user-friendly way, and that unless they pull up their socks, they will be sent back to the drawing board to learn that the difference between clichéd and cliché-free writing is not simply a difference between apples and oranges.

Needless to say, we must now all put our shoulders to the wheel, leaving no stone unturned to bring about a blessed cliche-free world.