From Teachapaloooza14 at The Poynter Institute:
- 95 percent of writing is thinking.
- Make the first 6-8 words count
- Eliminate marshmallow words; “there is”; very. Switch from honey boo boo writing to World Cup writing.
- Beware of the curse of knowledge; eliminate assumptions of what people may know about your story.
- If it sounds wrong and it looks wrong, it probably is – change it.
- Don’t be a creepy date; if something isn’t working, let it go.
- Verbs are your BFFs; informs readers about your characters.
- “Things” belong in horror movies.
- Love your grandmother; you can’t love anything else.
- Punctuation is not about feelings; understand where they belong; you’re allowed one exclamation point in your life.