Start by printing out the four pages linked to below.
We're gonna use some common cliches for this exercise:
Babe in the woods.
The whole ball of wax.
By the book.
Same old song and dance.
Got those? No? Well, print them. I made them just for you!
Now, take a look at what you have in front of you. Try coming up with alternate endings so your cliches aren't. Step outside the box. Think harder. Fill out column A.
Remember to be engaging, outrageous, and contradictory when filling out columns B and C.
When you're done, fill out the bottom.
I'd be willing to bet you can do it in less than fifteen minutes.
Can't come up with that many? Try using MS Word's synonym tool.
- Open MS Word.
- Type in woods.
- Right click.
- Go to synonyms and see what you have.
- Write them all down on your blanks.
- Choose another word you came up with and do that one, too!
Make your own sheets and do this exercise often. You can find a list of common cliches easily if you do a Google search.
What do you think? Was today fun?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!