Creating and adding your own personal cliches and sayings spells another unique way to showcase your voice and writing style. Of course you have to get them right, otherwise, you’ll leave your reader up a tree without a paddle. What? That doesn’t make any sense. Exactly my point. Writers need to make sure their sayings and cliches fit the character or setting and brings things into focus rather than confuses or loses your readers.
In the right dialog context ‘up a tree without a paddle’ will make perfect sense if you have a character who is forever mixing, twisting and murdering cliches and sayings. Don’t forget to take advantage of opportunities to showcase your characters unique personalities and your own unique writing style. In one of my books I have a character who says, “pickled feathers.” Though there’s no such thing, it fits my young character when she’s frustrated.
Now, I couldn’t see a stern judge sitting behind the bench frustrated over the slow process of a trial making the same comment. It just wouldn’t work. If he’s a fisherman in his spare time he would be more apt to say, “Gut the fish and pull out the details.”
Here are a few sayings I’ve come across:
Hotter than Satan's armpit.
A winks as good as a nod to a blind mule.
He's as subtle as a pig squealing for his supper.
His mind is quickly turning duller than a butter knife.
She would make a train take a dirt road.
If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.
And my favorite:
The two of you could both put your heads in a thimble and still have room for the finger.
Don’t be afraid to spin a few sayings and cliches of your own into your books. Please share some of your favorites.