I'm also here in response to your comments on my challenge - thanks!
I love the concept of "salsa" words - that will definitely stick in my mind.
My extract is from Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist:
Jimmy hung for a moment, his hands, arms and shoulders afire with pain. It would be so simple just to let go and fall into soft darkness. Shaking off the fatigue and pain, he urged protesting muscles to pull himself back onto the roof.
"protesting" is an adjective, but a great one here I think. Does that count as a salsa word? I particularly love the description of "soft darkness".
Some of the things I struggle with most as a beginner writer, which you could possibly cover, are:
* Creating strong, multi-faceted characters
* Pacing - moving the story along (without giving a blow by blow account)
* Writing "truthfully" as opposed to "sentimentally" (ie. having my characters react in a real way as opposed to a forced way that tries to elicit an emotional reaction from my reader). Not sure if I'm describing that so well, sorry.
Give me the love that leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay,
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire.
Let me not sink to be a clod,
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.