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domenic

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Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing
« on: February 21, 2008, 03:09:17 AM »
If there are a few who would like to see these golden gems, I will take the time to post them.
It makes the task very easy....

Here is number 18).."Employ a simple, straightforward style."
 
let me know if anyone wants these.
 
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Offline thatollie

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Re: Would anyone like to see Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 05:18:04 PM »
Sure post them all right now, I'll see how/if they can fit in my personal writing philosophy.
Although I've been doing number 18 for years.
Never make a decision standing up.

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Re: Would anyone like to see Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 05:30:52 PM »
I'm sure I can fit it into my busy schedule of sitting on the PC!!!! x

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Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 11:37:03 PM »
Here are the 18 Rules for writing by Mr Samual Clemmens (Mark twain).

1) That a tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere.
2) They require that the episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it.
3) They require that the persinages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.
4) They require that the personages in a tale, both dead and alive, shall exhibit a sufficient excuse for being there.
5) They require that when the personages of a tale deal in conversation, the talk shall sound like human tlk, and be talk such as human beings would be likely to talk in the given circumstances, and have a disciverable meaning, also a discoverable purpose, and a show of relevancy, and remain in the neighborhood of the subject in hand, and be interesting to the reader, and help out the tail, and stop when the people cannot think of anything more to say.
6) They require that when the author describes the character of a personage in his tale, the conduct and conversation of that peronage shall justify said description.
7) The require that when a personage talks like an illustrated, gilt-edged, tree-calf, hand-tooled, seven-dollar Friendship's Offering in the beginning of a paragraph, he shall not talk like a negro minstrel at the end of it.
  
8)They require that crass stupidities shall not be played upon the reader by either the author or the people in the tale.
9) They require that the personages of a tale shall confine themselves to possibilities and let miracles alone; or, if they confine a miracel, the author must so plausably set it forth as to make it look possible and reasonable.
10) They require that the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the persinages of his tale and their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones.
11) They require that the characters in the tale be so clearly defined that the reader can tell beforehand what each will do in a given emergency.

An author should
12) say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.
13) Use the right word, not its second cousin.
14)Eschew surplusage.
15) Not omit necessary details.
16) Avoid slovenliness of form.
17) Use good grammer.
18) Employ a simple, strightforward style.
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Re: Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2008, 04:28:52 AM »
Super

Thanks!

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Re: Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2008, 07:09:02 PM »
I LOVE this!!  One of my professors gave us this in college- "Cooper's literary offenses"- of course, we had just finished reading "Last of the Mohicans", and so it was that much funnier.  Number 13 is my favorite.
~Jen~

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Re: Mark twains 18 simple rules for writing
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2008, 07:10:45 PM »
I prefer number 12.
Never make a decision standing up.