Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing, via The Trad
Know them. Love them.
I remember reading this right before reading the 5th Frank Herbert Dune novel. The thing I noticed most was number 3 – Herbert used “said”, if he used anything at all.
As for #4, I got dinged for that when I submitted my novel the first time around.
And #8 is the pitfall of the fanfic writer. And Laurell K. Hamilton. (Sorry, Laurell, but it’s true.)