This will be one of my shortest posts ever. Simple writing advice:
- Write fewer articles (the, a, an).
- Write fewer adverbs or no adverbs at all (quickly, softly, loudly, beautifully, greedily, etc.). Adverbs almost always make the sentence worse.
- Write fewer adjectives (big, thin, strong, soft, heavy, small, etc.). Adjectives are okay when they create an image, but too many weaken the writing.
- Start sentences with verbs to push the action forward. In those sentences, let the reader assume the subjects that correspond to those verbs.
- Trust your reader. Explain less. Let them extrapolate.
- When you write imagery, don’t write clichés. Come up with your own original images.
- Keep it simple. Focus on writing these three things: action, imagery, and dialogue.