* * *
But when it comes to writing, at least when you’re just starting out, the best advice I’ve ever received is this: KEEP IT SIMPLE.
It sounds easy, but believe me, sometimes “simple” is anything but! You want to be able to get right to the point, which means you don’t need excessive adjectives and adverbs. The description, the action, the plot should all “move the story forward.”
Here are three “Keep It Simple” hints:
Keep your list of characters short. Too many characters can be hard to keep track of.
Keep your story to one plot. Too many side plots can confuse readers.
Keep your personal goals manageable. Trying to write too much, too soon can be overwhelming. Promise yourself you will write “a little” every day, even if it’s just one sentence.
That’s it! Now, get writing. <grin>
— Chase Superman Duffy