"These are the rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story" Elmore Leonard.
some favorite quotes from Elmore Leonard:
Style is the sound of the writing.
Writing is rewriting.
It takes me 4 pages of writing to get 1 page I like.
It gets harder.
and another he quotes:
Words can get in the way of what you're trying to say. Joseph Conrad.