I saw this linked-to on Kboards. It’s a list of words and phrases guaranteed to rob your writing of its mojo. I think it’s useful to go through the list — not to completely avoid these words and phrases but to understand how writing is robbed of its virility by cliches and redundancy.
Here’s one I really liked:
15. All of – Flabby expression. Drop of. Ex: All of the guests loved the party. Better: All the guests loved the party.