Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Can Write Good-April A-Z

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Words to live by...Since I have started this blog I have dredged up everything I learned about writing from school.  I read all the writing pointers, that my fellow bloggers shared with me before starting this challenge.  I think I write well enough, but this list of rules that I originally found as a posting on mlkshk, (a really fun place to visit.)* They are really rules that I need to remember when I write.

1)   Avoid Alliteration Always.
2)   Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3)   The passive voice is to be avoided.
4)   Avoid cliches like the plague, they are old hat.
5)   It is bad to ever split an infinitive.
6)   Writers should never generalize.
Seven:  be Consistent.
8)   Do not use more words than necessary.  It is highly superfluous.
9)   Be more or less specific.
10) Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

*Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
Stolen from, Frank L. Visco More suggestions, more or less good, at the link.

7 comments :

  1. He he he...the author is obviously an old English teacher!

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  2. Most people these days split infinitives. When I questioned a writing teacher about it she said it no longer seemed to matter, spoken or written. Interesting to see No.5. Isn't that a split?

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  3. I think my writing is gooder, because I always (generally speaking) obey all the rules, 'cepting when I don't.

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  4. Love it! Words to write by....

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  5. I feel like I should post this image above my computer. (:

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  6. Great tips! New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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