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Offline gub2000

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How to Write Good
« on: June 26, 2006, 11:48:59 AM »
I spotted this online and though the gang at MWC would enjoy it

How to write good
1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. Be more or less specific.
15. Understatement is always best.
16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
18. The passive voice is to be avoided.
19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
21. Who needs rhetorical questions?
22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement

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Offline Jackster

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Re: How to Write Good
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2006, 02:34:48 PM »
Thanks for the post gub2000.  I've seen most of these before, but (and I'd like to hear from others), I've read a number of books, many by bestselling authors that violate and break most if not all of these "rules."  I have often wondered if we need to follow all of these "rules" (and I use that term loosely) to the point if and when we get published - the perhaps we are not longer shackled by these "rules."  I have also read some best selling novels that put me to sleep quicker than hospital gas.