Here's a quick tip...
Anytime you have a prepositional phrase after a noun that elaborates on the noun, make sure it's necessary for clarity and not a 'GWS' redundancy. (GWS = goes without saying)
He cut a path through the throng of people.
The primary definition of throng is a crowd of people. If you've already established there's a crowd, you can write He cut a path through the throng.
Same goes for verbs.
He sat down becomes He sat.
She stood up becomes She stood or She rose.
Not only will this streamline your prose and economize words, it'll keep those busy, intelligent readers happy.
What writing redundancies are on your pet peeve list?
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