There's at least two really great pieces of writing advice from Sebastian Junger in this annotation/interview of "The Storm."
• "You know, I spent a lot of time with American soldiers, and the standard news reporting — if you’re talking to a soldier and quoting him — is to say where he’s from and whether he likes the Red Sox. People just don’t give a shit. I really try to avoid the details that seem kind of perfunctory, not necessary, and ultimately not that interesting."
• "I try to edit my work in different states of mind. So I’ll go running on a really hot day and then [...]