Worth remembering, even for bloggers.
\”My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.\”
- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than \”said\” to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb \”said”…he admonished gravely.
- Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
- Never use the words \”suddenly\” or \”all hell broke loose.\”
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Don\’t go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
Read the full list, from a New York Times story in 2001.