- Remember, the reader isn’t stupid; you don’t have to explain everything. They’ll probably understand what you’re getting at.
- Describe effects, not causes: she shivered not she was cold
- Unless you happen to be a Victorian novelist, there’s no need to describe everything in a scene.
- Writing about how characters react is often better than simply stating. The smell of the eggs made him feel sick is better than He didn’t like eggs
- If you don’t know the meaning of pragmatics, Google it. Now use that when writing conversations.
- Finally, don’t tie yourself in knots. Sometimes it’s okay just to tell.