It's important to avoid clichés in fiction, which is why I've invented a guideline that I call the "rule of three". Simply: You should never use three consecutive words that have appeared in fiction before.

E.g.: "He ran away." Yawn. these words have surely appeared dozens of times in literature. How do we fix it? Every good writer's secret sauce: adjectives and adverbs. Apply liberally. Don't be shy. Imagine the character has a runny nose: "Mucousful, he drippingly ran away" Boom, true novelty

@matt if you don't insist on novelty, you're not allowed to call it a novel

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