It was a dark and stormy night…

I love writing cliches. They can be fun and interesting, even if they are used sometimes a bit too often. It really depends on how they are inputted into the story. Take for instance, “It was a dark and stormy night.” It does its job. It tells you that it was both dark and stormy that night, but by itself, it’s dull. That doesn’t mean it can’t be used. It just needs a tweak, or two.

The rain hammered on the hood of the car as Edmund wiped away the condensation from the interior of his windshield. It did little to improve his vision, seeing little more than the endless black stretch of street and sky. If it was not for the occassional flash in the sky, Edmund would not know where the street ended and the nightsky began.

The above is just a variation of “It was a dark and stormy night,” but it engages the reader more, and it does more than just tell you about the night. That’s why cliches can still be fun and great to use.

So tell me, what are some of your favorite writing cliches?