The National Day on Writing is October 20. Such a day not only calls for writing but also reflection on writing. Who better to provide such reflection than familiar writers. It comes from Advice From One Writer to Another at About.com To read more, click the hyperlinked text below.
"I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences. That is the way to write English--it is the modern way and the best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them--then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice."