The Enigma of Originality

It’s often intimidating for author’s to take a hard look at their competition. It can be frustrating when an old idea seems to take on a new interest. Instead of wondering, “Why,” we should be looking at, “How?” How did they do it? How could they take that well worn topic and still find originality? …

Cliches, Conundrums, and Chestnuts

Cliches, Conundrums, and Chestnuts

Hackneyed phrases, slang, and truisms should be eliminated from your writing vocabulary as much as possible. This is one time where you should not write what is commonly heard. These phrases are so overused they are loathed by writing professionals. Cliches are frequently combined into several groups. You may use these in conversation, but don’t …