Start with a Cliché

Sometimes we look down upon writers who frequently use cliches. Sure, these tired phrases can be annoying to read over and over since we’re used to hearing them in our everyday conversations. We should be using original thoughts in our original creative writing, right?

The thing is, I don’t see anything wrong with an exercise which celebrates the use of cliches and even makes them the star of the show (especially when we’re experiencing writer’s block). Writers write, even sometimes borrowing their words from tired phrases.

So here is my writing challenge for today… Write a story using a cliche as the theme! I’ve chosen some cliches (listed below), but feel free to use your own favorites! 

  • All that glitters is not gold
  • Actions speak louder than words
  • Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched
  • Good things come to those who wait
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  • When it rains, it pours 
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  • What goes around comes around
  • One bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at or view her educational resources on

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