-Show vs Tell. Yep. Pretty sad that it took me five years to get this. Here's an example of my telling... "She was too scared to turn around." Ugh! And here's the show... "Holding my breath, I dare the quickest of glances behind me."
-Less is more. Because it really is! Think Twilight vs Hunger Games. Twilight is a great story about Edward and Bella... with a whole heck of a lot of stuff thrown in the middle. Seriously. I skip ALL the extra high school stuff--my own personal version of the Readers Digest condensed version. But Hunger Games? Genius. Not a single extra word. Or scene. Or chapter. Or entire year of boring high school.
Well, enough of all this blabbering on! I'm taking up too much of your precious time. Go write something! Or cut out those extra words in your WIP! Seriously! Go on! Get outta here!