I stumbled upon this fine piece of advice from Chuck Palahniuk this past weekend and I just can't resist sharing it. It's nice to balance out the "Just do it!" kind of fluffy advice with something as concrete and specific as he offers.
“In six seconds, you’ll hate me. But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.
From this point forward—at least for the next half year—you may not use “thought” verbs.