Boy oh boy is this article fascinating. It takes a look at how often phrases and words are used in fiction. Thanks to computers, that sort of thing can be studied. my thanks to Quinette Cook for calling it to my attention.
I know I have my overused phrases, and they often change with each novel. Along about the fourth draft or so I do a “tic” read and/or search, seeking out the phrases and words that appear too often. Then I call in the exterminator.
And on another subject, What are you reading? I’m reading Graceling (Kristen Cashore) and Ways of Seeing (John Berger) and catching up on the last several issues of Vanity Fair. On vacation, in other words.