Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Free Programs for Writers: ClichéCleaner

Greetings all, John J. Horn here.

Thanks to fellow Word Painter Sarah Holman’s posts about free programs for writers I decided to review a free program I used during the edit rounds for all three novels in my Men of Grit series.


ClichéCleaner is a downloadable program into which you can load documents or paste text. The program runs your text against its database of nearly 7,000 clichés and common expressions and lets you scroll through the problem spots, replacing words, freshening metaphors, or ignoring recommended changes.

The program also highlights phrases that you seem to overuse, which is great if your favorite metaphor shows up nineteen times in the first four chapters.

ClichéCleaner’s aesthetic feels stuck in the early 2000s, but it does its job well. You can get a free demo that will scan 20 documents before expiring or you can purchase the software for $12.95.

Runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (sorry, Mac users).

Summary: Although ClichéCleaner looks a little clunky, I found it super helpful when polishing my novels.

John J. Horn is a Christian writer from San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about John and his Men of Grit series and sign up for his newsletter at

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a very useful program, especially when struggling to 'think outside the box' or steer away from phrases that are 'dead as doornails.' :D


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