Writing is an amazing escape for reality, and that's probably why so many people are in love with it. I adore the fact that picking up a book and reading the words can help me get rid of the sadness I've been feeling, even if only for a little while. There are, however, some things that are better left out of the story. And that brings me to the topic.

Writing: Do's and Don'ts 

Do's

  • Add 'big' words 
  • Add detail
  • Find different ways to say a word (use a thesaurus!) 
  • Start sentences with a verb (eg. "Shaking, he reached out and grabbed the telephone.)
  • Add emotion
  • Cliffhangers!
  • Edit afterwards
  • Ask for feedback

Don'ts

  • Change perspective in the middle (eg. "She walked down the hall. I found out that there was no more cheese.")
  • Always start the sentence with a pronoun (eg. "He opened the door and stpped outside. He breathed in the scent of flowers and went back home.)
  • Overuse vocabulary. Use it sometimes, to give the story spice
  • Add too much detail
  • Add no detail
  • Use text talk unless the characters are texting (eg. "lol, omg, wtf," etc.)
  • Continue using the same word (unless it's 'a', 'the', 'this', etc.)

There you go, the do's and don'ts of writing. 
Honestly I don't know what else to say, but I hope this helps with something!

~Crystal