“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.
~ William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”

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3 thoughts on ““Great Rules of Writing”

  1. I love this rules. I have a big problem with starting my sentences in the negative form. In fact, my novel is pretty much mostly that. A lot of “glass is half-empty” characters. It’s been through critique partners and betas with no one pointing it out. More editing. Fun times, fun times…

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

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