"Cliché" is rude.

I recently read a book called "Nabakov's Favorite Word is Mauve," by Ben Blatt. The book statically analyzes wtitings by hundreds of professional and amateur authors and answers questions such as whether men and women write differently, or whether literary elites follow their own writing advice (and is it any good)? In one of the chapters, he argues that writing can be as unique as our fingerprint.

Which got me thinking about my own writing, and why I stopped. Certain people called my work cliché. Ever since, I became insecure and gave up writing. It made me think less of my self.  Why? Because if writing is indeed as unique as our fingerprint, then calling somebody's thoughts cliché is an insult to the way they see the world. It is a dull and lazy criticism, of the general, sweeping nature, coming from a pedestrian and opinionated mind. It is dangerous because of it's stifling nature and doesn't give the author any thoughtful insight.

To all those writers (like me) who have given up writing because they were told their work is cliché—you are above it all. Stop giving a fuck, and go write.