I have an eclectic taste in music.
But I find it hard to describe (what does eclectic taste like anyway?).
I like Ice Tea and ice tea. And I know what that tastes like — watered down hints of bitter orange with a tablespoon of sugar.
I like long-haired men with guitars and grit in their voices. But I don’t know what that music tastes like — I imagine salty leather, stale cigarettes, and way too much Rockstar Energy Drink.
And I like zero-fucks-given Adele. But I don’t know what her music tastes like either — I imagine dark chocolate, black cherry cabernet sauvignon, and charred Kansas City Ribeye (medium rare, of course).
But deep down, when you strip away all my musical layers, you’ll find that same high school girl…
Wearing plaid shirts and cargo jeans. (Perfect for holding at least 5 art tools at one time.)
Creating my next masterpiece in the art room. (Will it be a sculpture, a painting, or an etched-acrylic print? Depends on my mood.)
Rocking out to Kurt Cobain. (Or some equally broody alt-rock singer.)
Because my eclectic taste in music has a foundation of grunge filled with fond memories and forgotten pop culture.
And that tastes like cotton-fiber canvas, flaxseed oil paint, and woody pine paint thinner.
My music tastes like art — just imagine licking this painting I created in high school.
Want to describe your likes (and dislikes) in a way that intrigues your readers and hooks them so they read every word of your copy?
Get rid of the cliche like I did above.
“Eclectic taste in music” is a boring cliche. It causes your readers’ eyes to glaze over. Your readers lose interest in your copy.
Instead, get descriptive and specific. And substitute sensory descriptions for cliches.
Give this copy edit tip a try the next time you want to avoid cliches and connect with your readers on a deeper level.