None of us wants our writing to be dull. We try to spice things up, but in our efforts we may include some phrases that are over-used. A recent critique of some of my work included the admonition to avoid using cliches. Today, Mary DeMuth has a great post with an extensive list of these shopworn phrases. There's also a link that allows a trial download of a tool to find them in your own writing.
Check out her post. She really hits the nail on the head, pulling no punches and letting the chips fall where they may. Thanks, Mary.