According to Kurt Vonnegut, there are 8 key things us writers should incorporate.
1. Find a subject you care about.
2. Do not Ramble.
3. Keep it simple.
Agreed! However certain stories want to be told emotionally, emphatically and in a manner so convoluted …
4. Have the Guts to CUT!
True story. I dont write enough to cut words 😛
5. Sound Like Yourself
A rookie mistake, trying to sound smarter…
6. Say What you Mean to say
Same like 2, 3 and 4
7. Pity the readers
hehehe I often think of this actually… so i reread things to see how they sound. I recently wrote an intro for myself which ended up being a most painful exercise! Interestingly. I’m also always ANNOYED by poorly structured intros/narratives. If you want to be heard, be worth listening to!
8. Take inspiration from better writers
By going here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/03/stylized-elements-of-style/
Full article can be found here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/14/how-to-write-with-style-kurt-vonnegut/