I came across this on Google+ and had to repost it. Good advice from Amanda Patterson.
1. “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” ~ Mark Twain
2. “If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do.” ~ William Zinsser
3. “Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ” ~ Jef Mallett