How to Write Good
by Sally Bulford
Avoid alliteration. Always. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.) Employ the vernacular. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc. Parentheical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive. Contractions aren't necessary. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos. One should never generalize. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." Comparisons are as bad as cliches. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highlyn superfluous. Be more or less specific. Understatement is always best. One-word sentences? Eliminate. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake. The passive voice is to be avoided. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed. Who needs rhetorical questions? Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement. and some more: Each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.
Just between you and I case is important.
Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
Watch out for irregular verbs which have crope into our language.
Don't use no double negatives.
A writer mustn't shift your point of view.
When dangling, don't use participles.
Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.
Don't write a run-on sentence you have to punctuate it.
About sentence fragments.
In a letter themes reports articles and stuff like that we use commas to keep a string of items apart.
Don't use commas, which aren't necessary.
Its very important that you use apostrophe's right.
Check to see if you have any words out.
As far as incomplete constructions, they are wrong.
Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
It is important to never ever under any circumstances split an infinitive.
Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
The active voice is preferred.
Use of the passive voice is to be avoided.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Kill all exclamation points!!!
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. |