47. Kill clunky sentences.
When I was in college, I took a poetry course, and I absolutely loved it! I am fascinated with words, so to learn how to string them together using meter and alliteration, consonance, assonance, etc. was amazing. At the time, I don't think that I realized that I wanted to be a writer yet, but I was writing and striving to get better each and every day. Because of these newly acquired poetry skills, I found that my sentences were always V E R Y long and poetic-like. Sometimes, it worked, but most times, it didn't. After playing around with my style a little bit, I came to the conclusion that less is more. There is nothing wrong with keeping things simple when it comes to your writing. A good tip is to show your readers the story, don't tell them, and by having a long, complex, or very descriptive narrative can take the fun out of that. As you are going through your own writing, don't be afraid to chop down some of your sentences. That is what the editing process is for. This does not mean that you have to do this for each and every one, but try to have a variety of sentence lengths and types throughout.