First get your facts, then distort them at your leisure.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.