One good rule is “Show, don’t tell.”
Another good rule: “Use your imagination.”
A great third rule for today: “You can’t edit a blank page.”
Remember Elmore Leonard’s rules?
I especially like his rule #10: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”
Today’s Assignment: Write the rough draft of new material. It’s okay for it to be rough . . . it’s a rough draft!