"Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue."
— Elmore Leonard
"Read it aloud to yourself because that's the only way to be sure the rhythms of the sentences are OK (prose rhythms are too complex and subtle to be thought out – they can be got right only by ear)."
— Diana Athill
"Learn poems by heart."
— Helen Dunmore
"Cut out the metaphors and similes."
— Esther Freud