Thursday, June 23, 2011

William Safire's Great Rules of Writing

~William Safire, "Great Rules of Writing"
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don't start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
De-accession euphemisms.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

Hey, when you know the rules, You Can Break 'Em!

1 comment:

  1. Also make sure you dont mispell things, or use poorly grammer cause that's bad.

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