It must be said that this has been in my work folder for a very, very long time and is not in response to any recent submissions.
Also, Moonhunter has a wide range of excellent advice columns you can peruse, especially if you are seeking the Golden Standard.
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These are also my own Opinions, not hard and fast rules, and come from my observations looking at thousands of submissions.
Edit to add: My strong disagreement below was with Axle's ORIGINAL comment, not the... altered version.
I strongly disagree with Axle's opinion. Pretty much every word of it. Except the bit at the end, which I could not parse well enough to agree or disagree with. I thought so at the time, and instead of responding, I just added my vote.
Your advice, which I took to be aimed at inexperienced writers, is all great advice about things new writers should avoid, or at best tread very lightly around. Of course it's *possible* to make an interesting piece using one or more of those cliches, but it's much more difficult.
I voted this a 5/5 at the time, and I stand by that. It's great, useful advice for an inexperienced writer considering his first work. And anyone who says otherwise probably has a sub in-work about an orphan character named after himself with mysterious, unexplained abilities and a cool "not magic" weapon that devours souls. :P