It doesn't seem possible to avoid every phrase that someone has used before. Some resources seem to suggest that two word phrases can actually qualify as a cliche. Even phrases like "avoid every phrase" or "used before" have surely been used already. I just don't know how I can write without using them. I can understand avoiding things like "cold as ice" but there are some very basic thoughts that I can find no other way to express in a sentence. Do I have the wrong idea here? Also, I use to have the habit of using "for" as a conjunction, but I never seemed to employ it properly, because as I just learned, "for" does add weight to a sentence, and when it occurs, a sufficiently weighty clause must follow for it to sound right. Well, I think I've learned to employ it properly, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea to use it because it supposedly sounds pompous. When I write, I sometimes find that I need the "for" conjunction to express a reason for the previous clause. Sometimes I need to use it at the beginning of a sentence, since "because" would not work there in that usage. But I'm reading that it is not proper or acceptable to begin a sentence with the "for" conjunction. Can someone help me understand this? Thanks for your response. Just please don't judge my writing by my post.