Words that every writer hates to hear. Part of our job is to create something fresh and new. Clichés can be an indication of stale writing but are also an invaluable tool in the writer's toolbox. Most writing guru's will tell you to avoid clichés. To cut them out of your writing without a backward glance. But, clichés have their place in a writer's toolbox.
Let's discuss for a second the difference between tropes and clichés. Tropes are not clichés. Tropes are the bones tha