Feb 28, 2013

Writing Tips

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, February 28, 2013


I received these writing tips via email, with the credit going to George Takei (Star Wars fame). Not sure how true that is, but I couldn't resist sharing:

1.      Avoid Alliteration. Always.
2.      Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3.      Avoid clichés 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 once said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
12.  Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
13.  Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
14.  Profanity sucks.
15.  Be more or less specific.
16.  Understatement is always best.
17.  Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
18.  One word sentences? Eliminate.
19.  Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20.  The passive voice is to be avoided.
21.  Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
22.  Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
23.  Who needs rhetorical questions?

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