READ IT. It was so helpful to me and it's invaluable information--told by real authors, including the fabulous Margaret Atwood.
The article comes in two parts:
Some of my favourites:
8 Avoid detailed descriptions of characters, which Steinbeck covered. In Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants", what do the "American and the girl with him" look like? "She had taken off her hat and put it on the table." That's the only reference to a physical description in the story. - Elmore Leonard.
1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can't sharpen it on the plane, because you can't take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils. - Margaret Atwood.
3 Only bad writers think that their work is really good. - Anne Enright
4 Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand. - Anne Enright
1 Write only when you have something to say. - David Hare
And my ultimate favourite:
My main rule is to say no to things like this, which tempt me away from my proper work - Philip Pullman