What’s your best writing advice?
October 12, 2012 | Written by Chip MacGregor
Someone just wrote to me and asked, “What’s your best advice for writing fiction?”
I’ll offer mine if you’ll share yours…
Here is my best writing advice: Write with verbs and nouns. I read that in Strunk and White’s Elements of Style back in high school, and it’s still the best writing advice I know. Too many new novelists think they’re going to flower things up with lots of adjectives and adverbs. That’s a trap. Just tell your story, stick to verbs and nouns, and spend enough time selecting the right word that you don’t have to prop it up with extraneous verbiage.
That’s my wisdom. (And it’s brief, since I’m pulling jury duty all week.) What’s your best writing advice?