Avoid cliches like the plague…

The Escapades

by Kate

In her lovely novel Cedar Cove, Lisa Kleypas says,

One of the more ignominious features of love was that you could only express it with cliches…it made you sound like a fraud at a time when you were blazing with sincerity.”

It’s a beautiful paragraph, and it captures so eloquently one of the fundamental frustrations of being a writer – specifically, a romance writer. Cliches are true. Life is short. Days do fly by. Actions do speak louder than words. And sometimes you need a cliche to best express the emotion of a moment.


But there are some cliches that don’t add to manuscript. Some cliches that get your manuscript tossed against proverbial walls. We at Escape love to be helpful, so we put together a list of the most egregious, for your reference:

  • Character description is provided by a character looking at themselves in the mirror…

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