Crisp, tension-filled dialogues hold the reader’s interest. Fluffy dialogues which usually wallow helplessly in a sea of wordiness, figures of speech and indistinguishable phrases have the opposite effect.
This writing malaise is beautifully captured in the article “The Top Ten Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make” by Sally Zigmond at
The first draft of a short story is like a lump of wood. Removing unnecessary waffle, sharpening images and choosing the perfect words will reveal the beauty of the grain.
Apt phrases in the toolkit can be used to weed out bad writing. You can enter the keyword from the long phrase you have in mind and if an apt phrase is available with that keyword it is highlighted in blue.