We have so many colloquialisms in our everyday language it can be hard to weed them out when writing. But those phrases or words can rip the reader right out of the narrative, especially if you’re dealing in fantasy worlds, and no writer wants that.
If I was a computer genius as well as a writer, I would devise a search engine where you can input criteria to search for books that are similar. That way, if I just read young adult fantasy book about dwarves with strong friendships and a killer female main character, I could search for other titles with similar attributes.
There are a few tips on a variety of subjects running through my head. In case one of them might help someone else, I thought I would share them.