“I’ve always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his insides out, give the audience all you’ve got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn’t supposed to be easy.”— Henry Rollins (via themermaidfiles)
“…We can tell our children that school is important until we’re blue in the face, they’re not stupid. They see the loudest applause is for the kids on the field. They know teachers are paid poorly and don’t drive fancy cars. They know people plan Super Bowl parties but mock the National Spelling Bee. In other words, they see the hypocrisy, and we can’t expect society to correct itself. If we want to have any lasting influence on the way our kids approach education — the way future generations approach education — then we have to grab our pom-poms and paint our faces and celebrate intellectual curiosity with the same vigor we do their athletic achievements.”—Why I’m raising my son to be a nerd - CNN.com (via themermaidfiles)
Clichés are words and phrases, once interesting, which have lost their original effect from overuse. They are considered trite and should be avoided in writing unless used purposely for effect.
We all use them without thinking, sometimes because they fit the bill or are just the ticket (both cliches), but usually because they’re metaphors, idiom, or truisms that have become so common we no longer notice them.
Writing that relies heavily on cliches is considered poor or lazy writing. Editors may reject creative writing on the basis of too many cliches alone. Reviewers will point them out if it is not obvious that the writer used them for comic effect, such as to define an overly earnest or boring character.*
Avoiding clichés does not mean you can not use them. Know the hows and whens on using clichés. Check out the list - it may be surprised at how many clichés are used in everyday life.
*description taken from site. if you didn’t get the joke, “everyday life” is a cliche phrase.
“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”— Neil Gaiman (via themermaidfiles)
“The next time you find yourself in a group of people, stop and think to yourself, probably no one here is writing a novel. This is why everyone is so content, here at this bus stop or in line at the supermarket or standing around this baggage carousel or sitting around in this doctor’s waiting room or in seventh grade or in Johannesburg. Give up your novel, and join the crowd. Think of all the things you could do with your time instead of participating in a noble and storied art form. There are things in your cupboards that likely need to be moved around.
In short, quit. Writing a novel is a tiny candle in a dark, swirling world. It brings light and warmth and hope to the lucky few who, against insufferable odds and despite a juggernaut of irritations, find themselves in the right place to hold it. Blow it out, so our eyes will not be drawn to its power. Extinguish it so we can get some sleep. I plan to quit writing novels myself, sometime in the next hundred years.”— Lemony Snicket, in a NaNoWriMo pep talk. (via themermaidfiles)
“For me, writing a novel is like having a dream. Writing a novel lets me intentionally dream while I’m still awake. I can continue yesterday’s dream today, something you can’t normally do in everyday life. It’s also a way of descending deep into my own consciousness. So while I see it as dreamlike, it’s not fantasy. For me the dreamlike is very real.”— Haruki Murakami (via themermaidfiles)