I'm always keen on sharpening my writing skills. It's especially exciting when you learn something new, put that knowledge to use, and see a positive a difference. My chaotic schedule keeps me from traveling and attending as many 'live' workshops as I'd like. In this case, the Internet is a blessing.
Yesterday, I tripped upon Elmore Leonard's blog. From what I could tell someone else writes the main posts and he contributes now and then. Probably when his chaotic schedule allows. *g* The post that caught my eye and made my day was Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing
Different techniques work for different people. Often it depends on your overall style and voice. Me, I'm a fan of lean, mean writing... like Leonard's. So I took some of his observations to heart and applied them to my WIP last night and, woah, wow, small changes, big difference.
If you're interested, hop over and read. Out of his ten, surely one will apply to you. Breathe new life into your work by breaking old habits. Oh, and, if you get a chance, could someone please come back here and tell me... What the heck is hooptedoodle? I think I get it but I'd like your take. If nothing else, what a great word. Hooptedoodle. *g*