- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
- Know that if you're me, anything you write will be made into a movie. Anything. Seriously, anything. (I added this one.)
"If it sounds like writing, I re-write it."