• Be fearless. Your writing must reflect what you think and feel.
• Become a stickler for clarity. Examine every sentence and every word and ask yourelf, can I write this sentence more succinctly? More accurately? Are all the words necessary? Are they the right words? Does it support the topic sentence or thesis statement?
• One draft is not enough. Write as many drafts as you have time for. Discover the joy of editing and polishing a piece until it sings.
• When writing, link the sentences in such a way that thought flows smoothly from sentence to sentence.
• Show, don’t tell. She was pretty (telling) is weaker than Her wide blue eyes sparkled in the sunlight and her wavy brown hair spilled over her shoulders (showing).
• Omit needless words. Make this a regular feature of your editing regimen. It’s not about making your piece short but rather making every word count.
• If you aren’t sure about the spelling or meaning of a word, use your dictionary. Misused or misspelled words erode the credibility of what you have to say.
• Avoid too many adverbs. She sauntered through the park is more descriptive and more to the point than She walked slowly and leisurely through the park.
• Limit your use of adjectives. Instead, select nouns and verbs carefully to give your sentences a sense of verbal heft.