1. Don't forget conflict. Unfortunate accidents are not conflict. Do present real obstacles. A suggestion they made is think of the worst possible person for the heroine to fall for and make it happen. Be sure and set up the conflict immediately and let it build. Give the reader a roller coaster ride.
2. Don't bring in too many secondary characters. Do keep secondary characters at minimum. Romance should be central element.
3. Don't let an accident or coincidence drive the plot. This makes characters react. Do make the heroine proactive and make her actions drive the plot.
4. Characters: Heroine: Don't make your heroine wimpy like "Perils of Pauline". Do make her strong--a person the reader wants to identify with.
Hero: Don't necessarily need type A heroes. They prefer Beta but strong.
Villain: Don't make stereotype villains. Make them unique and likeable/believable.
5. Don't use contrived action. Do use real action for motivation. (This wasn't very clear or I missed something so jump in anyone who wants to expand on this)
6. Don't use cliches such as pulses racing, chill up spine. Do use unique ways to show feelings.
7. Don't use too much exposition. Too much is boring. Don't have character say something the reader would know. Don't explain backstory. Do show. Do use real action to show information reader needs to know.
8. Don't set your beginning scene in a restaurant or over coffee. This has become cliche. Do pay attention to scene structure and selection. Be sure you have all the necessary elements.
9. Don't use "over-the-top" writing. Avoid elaborate, coy, cute, pretentious language. Do "use the KISS" method. Keep it simple and to the point.
10. Don't send manuscripts to a publisher without first researching the line. Do your homework and target the line you are sending to. Send in a clean, well-written manuscript. Do be sure you spell the editors names correctly. (Pay attention to this as these two ladies have unusual and difficult names to spell.)
Anybody who has more to add, feel free to do so. Next post I'll share another SF workshop.