"Read mechanical helps. By this I mean dictionaries, etymological histories, books of anecdotes, dictionaries of foreign phrases, books of quotations, books on how to write dialog, and so on. The plot will usually fail to grip, so just read a page a day. If you think it makes you out to be too much of a word-dork, then don't tell anybody about it."Under this head, allow me to break it out into seven separate elements, but with a brief caution first.
Having the eggs doesn't mean that you know how to make the omelet. But if you don't have the eggs, it doesn't matter if you do know how to make the omelet. Writing is like cooking, and words are your ingredients. In order to write well, you need to have those ingredients, and you need to know those ingredients. And having them means collecting them, and studying them once you have them.<div>