- One of the things I do best is repeat myself, especially if it has an emotional valence.
- I rarely place the relevant pronoun immediately after its antecedent.
- A large cast of minor characters is like trying to find a missing cat in dense fog.
- There is such a thing as tragedy overload.
- A little slang goes a long ways.
- If you are writing about a specific year in time, be sure you research the etymology of words relevant to that year (how shocked I was to find that 1963 was not a “groovy” year).
- If it serves no useful purpose, trash it.
- Give your protagonist a spectacularly unique personality and then, like a good parent, make sure she remains true to character throughout.