In Description and Setting, Ron Rozelle gives us a few nuggets of writing advice. Check the review I did on his book in the Write Great Fiction series with Readers Digest. Personally, I don’t use colons much in my own writing, but Ron suggests that whenever you do use a colon, you’re settting up your read for something:
- for a description
- a clarification
- an idea
- a list
Ron believes it's one of the best ways for you to call attention to something important in your story. I’m going to give that a go and see if that improves my writing style.