The writer William Zinnser passed away recently. I am not familiar with his work, but I really liked this post of useful advice and quotations, especially this one:
1. Don’t make lazy word choices: “You’ll never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades of meaning that is almost obsessive. The English language is rich in strong and supple words. Take the time to root around and find the ones you want.
This is a problem of mine. I don’t push words, metaphors or other elements of language as far as they can go.
I’m content with the first word or thought that comes to mind. I don’t think about the meaning of each sentence or the complete emotion I want to convey. How can I correct this? Only with revision and practice.
I’m developing a quicker sense for what needs to be revised in the moment, rather than just thinking about story, plot or action.
Great advice from Zinnser. Read the rest of the post here.