- Use active verbs, and avoid using passive voice. If you can add “by John Smith” to your sentence and it makes sense--rewrite it.
- Make descriptions vivid, but do not pile them up on the heads of your readers. In other words, describe only distinctive features, “paint with large strokes,” so to say, and don’t make them numerous. Describe only what is necessary to describe.
- Substitute “thought” verbs with the situations that illustrate them.This advice belongs to Chuck Palahniuk, and is one hell of a true writer’s wisdom. Whenever you feel like saying something like “Jack felt worried, because his cousin was late for dinner” substitute the verb “worried” with Jack’s actual thoughts, images of his cousin getting into trouble, and so on. Show, do not tell.
- Plan your stories in advance. A plot developing impromptu may have some magic in it, but there are high chances that you will simply lose yourself in your own story. To avoid this, first plan how things are going to develop, and then write.
- Do not edit while still being in the process of writing. Editing and writing are two different processes, and by mixing them together, you put yourself at risk of failing at both