I came across a GalleyCat posting this week, promoting a fantastic new tool for writers. It’s a free program called SmartEdit and it basically does what I do on my first pass at my work: it looks for overused words and cliches in your work.
Let’s face it: we all have certain words and phrases we are partial to. I have a list of about fifteen I tend to recycle frequently when freely writing. SmartEdit will call you on those patterns and help you bring variety to your prose.
For self-published indie authors, this is a particular boon! Check out the details at GalleyCat.