This isn't good.
Of course, how do we know we're using cliches? They tend to slip in when we're least expecting them; when we're not paying attention. I propose we force ourselves to recognize these phrases. :-)
My challenge, to get you into your writing this week:
Write a poem/short story/memoir/essay/advertisement/novel/whatever else you feel like writing (fiction and non-fiction). It can be humorous or serious.
- You must use three cliches.
- You must start out your writing with, "It was a dark and stormy night," which counts as one of the three clichés.
And that's it! Good luck!
Let me know how it goes. :-)