Fresh New Clichés and an Ideal Dream Cast

I’m trying to cut back on the use of clichés in my writing. It’s harder than you might think, because it means that instead of using a familiar simile, metaphor or general turn of phrase, I keep having to invent entirely new ones that might not work or might just sound silly. “I don’t want to say cool as a cucumber. Maybe cool as a… rock in a stream? Rock in a streambed? Rock in a riverbed? Marbled floor?” Or as another example: Having [spoiler] see you naked was only slightly worse than having the dog see you naked. He was harmless. [Spoiler], now… that opened up a whole new crate of creepy. Too much alliteration? (And yes, it’s still a climate fiction novel. People can’t talk about the wea

Random Thoughts the Week Before the Bay to Ocean Conference

About a week ago, Altered Seasons passed the 110,000-word mark in length. According to this web site, that makes it officially an epic novel. It also makes it harder to keep my Twitter followers informed on its progress, because I’ve decided to stop posting updates on its word count — it occurs to me, after all, that “This book is gonna be SO FREAKING LONG!!!” might not be the best way to whet the public’s appetite. (I’m planning on it being about 150,000 words. Given the scope of the work, it really should be a lot longer.) *** Recently on Twitter, Stephen King issued a bit of advice: Never use the phrases "for a long moment" or "for some reason." Going through Altered Seasons, I was

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