You’ve no doubt heard variations, and some will be present, but if not, here you go.
A writer without imagination is like a musician without rhythm; it’s doubtful anyone will enjoy either.
MC needs to show someone a vital phone pic? Break the phone. Needs to get somewhere? Break his car. Don’t make goals easy.
Don’t tell your readers he smelled the coffee. Instead: With rich coffee aroma, steam rose in lazy swirls from the dark brew.
An important part of writing is in the details. Yes, your character may taste, touch, hear, see, and smell, but does the reader?
You know you’re writer if you love editing. Well, you might not be a sane writer. Polish that passion–make it pop.
Dialogue: Never boring. Constantly use tension, whether anger, humor, fear, or sexual. Unexpected is great too.
I love it when an unintended character pops into a scene, taking the plot in a different–better–direction than I’d intended.
Friends ask how I write. My answer? By knowing my character’s perspectives; their hearts, souls, & struggles.
Recently made three women cry. It’s okay…actually, it’s great. They were reading one of my short stories.
Let characters interrupt. Hey, did you see– Yeah, it’s– Don’t interrupt me when– When what? Arrgghhh! (You get the idea)