Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves
– Dale Carnegie
I love this quote by Carnegie. It's another one of the quotes I often use in my classroom. I think I'm a quote-aholic :)
This quote definitely applies to my writing. I have learned so much in the last year and a half - and it's all been about the small stuff.
I've learned to limit my writing to what the reader needs to know - not to include everything I see in my head. I've learned to eliminate so many unnecessary words - that, just, seems, felt, suddenly, ...
I even think I've conquered my dialogue tag addiction!
So yes, working on the small stuff has made me a better writer!
How about you? What "small stuff" have you conquered that's made you a better writer?