1.  Leave out the passages that readers love to skip.  (Those would be the ones you worked hardest on).

2.  Never open a book by describing the weather.

3.  Never open a book with a prologue.  They are usually boring.

4.  Never describe the physical appearance of a character with details that the reader will soon forget.

5.  Use exclamation points sparingly.

6.  Never use another verb instead of “said.”

7.  Never use an adverb to modify “said.”  The tone of the dialogue should be contained within the dialogue itself.

8.  Never use a colon or semi-colon in dialogue.

9.  Don’t change your writing for the critics who know nothing about writing.

10.  Tell the editor not to let the copy-editor mess with your punctuation.