Sunday, December 04, 2005

Cliché: don’t reinvent the wheel

(entered for 12.03.05)

Meaning: don’t remake something so simple and so successful.
Usage examples.
Rewrite 1: don’t
squaretv1 the circle
Rewrite 2: don’t reinvent the
Rewrite 3: you can only replace a wheel with another wheel
Rewrite 4: a wheel is a wheel is a wheel; to redesign it is
Rewrite 5: a “better” window is still a window

Comment: It’s easy to get
sidetracked by this rewrite. Keep it simple … and don’t reinvent the wheel.

More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
Not-so-grand List of Overused Fantasy Cliches, “a special subset of cliches I like to call the Van Helsing Rules”.

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