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Cut it out with those mixed metaphors already

I just saw the little documentary "Bad Writing." It's a real hoot if you're a writer - full of fresh, funny insights about what makes writing bad and why we can often be so blind to our own creative flaws. I'll probably write about it in a separate post, but one thing I noticed in the bad writing the filmmaker presented was the rampant mixing of metaphors. In his (self-confessed) bad poetry, he often writes things that are needlessly abstract cliches, like the burning sun drinking flames or the ice of the booze tearing his throat. But there's another sin going on in phrases like that - they are imprecise images. (Read more »)

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