There is a small, yet fierce compilation of writing tips and do this-not that guides on the Writer Resources page.
And for lack of anything better to write and the fact that I’m currently gullet-deep in a flagon of Japanese beer, I present to you 30 Indispensable Writing Tips courtesy of Buzzfeed. Many of these erudite tidbits are tried and true, but a handful are simplistically gorgeous in their approach.
A few standouts:
Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
- Anton Chekov
Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- George Orwell
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
- Elmore Leonard
I have to say that Orwell hit the nail on the head with his advice. Too often do I come across a sentence where the author decided to flex their lexicon by utilizing a six-syllable word; “conflagration” was unnecessary, “flame” will do.
Although, aside from storytelling tips, a majority of the independent authors whose novels I sneak-peek via Amazon need to learn basic grammatical rules. It may not be a dealbreaker in the grand scheme - Hunger Games & Twilight may very well not have had editors – but at least sound like you know what you’re talking about if you’re going to label yourself a writer.
Freakin’ split infinitives.