Writing up Storms and Darkness

I apologise for the cranky tone of this note. My stomach is being uncooperative. But I want to share a couple of things I dislike a lot. Here they are…

“A storm is coming…”

“Darkness is rising / falling…”

These are important sentiments you need to express. But can you, dear writer, find the time to fashion new ways of saying this. I have heard of storms and darkness so many times now that the words now evoke no emotion and raise no sense of alarm.

Use them, perhaps, to do other things.

And now, forgive me as I rush to the toilet. A storm is coming.

#stereotypes, #tropes, #writing