1. I think the best piece of advice I ever got was from an author of locally popular novels that visited my school when I was in grade eight. He said that when you want to write a novel, or any kind of story, the typical system of “What is my story about? Who is it about? What will happen?” are pretty much the worst thing you can do.
Writing is far simpler than that. His advice was to ask yourself three questions that I’ll never forget:
Who is the character?
What does the character want more than anything?
And how can I prevent them from getting it?
2. imagery: ‘don’t shot me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass. -anton chekhov
3. Writing Prompt: Write about the worst physical pain you’ve ever experienced using all five senses. (I think this could go for emotional pain, as well.)
4. When To Show, Instead Of Tell: When you want the reader to feel what the character feels. When you want the reader to become emotionally invested in the story. When you want to give readers concrete details they can relate to. -The Invisible Author
5. When To Tell, Instead Of Show: When you need to move a reader quickly from one location to another. When you’re repeating information the reader already knows. When you want to spare the reader boring, non vital filler information and get back to the action. – The Invisible Author