I just read Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark. Here are the writing tips that I learned:
1. You can write long sentences as long as you begin them with the subject and verb.
2. Delay the subject and verb to create suspense.
3. “2-3-1 tool of emphasis” end with the strongest word, start with the second strongest word, put the weak word in the middle.
4. Prefer active verbs.
5. Use passive verbs if action is being done to the subject. Subject=”victim” of verb