Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle
By ELMORE LEONARD
From The New York Times
These are rules I’ve picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I’m writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what’s taking place in the story. If you have a facility for language and imagery and the sound of your voice pleases you, invisibility is not what you are after, and you can skip the rules. Still, you might look them over.
See the full article at the New York Times:
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing