Whether or not you're working on a web site or a corporate presentation or a
letter to your dad, some rules to consider when writing....
- A writer must not shift your point of view.
- Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
- Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
- Always pick on the correct idiom.
- Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
- And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
- Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat)
- Be more or less specific.
- Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
- Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
- Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly
- Don’t over-use exclamation points!!!!!
- Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words
however should be enclosed in commas.
- Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know."
- Employ the vernacular.
- Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
- Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
- Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns
in their writing.
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than under-statement.
- Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
- Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
- If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
- If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of
repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
- 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.
- It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
- Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
- No sentence fragments.
- One should never generalize.
- One-word sentences? Eliminate.
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
- Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of
10 or more words, to their antecedents.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Puns are for children, not groan readers.
- Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
- The adverb always follows the verb.
- The passive voice is to be ignored.
- Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth
- Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
- Who needs rhetorical questions?
- Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
- Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
- Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.