Day VIII: Your Daily Compost

We’re all guilty of letting our prose get a little (dare I say) lazy from time to time. Here are the rules, in case you have been not remembering them. (Passive verb usage and weird negative phrasing all in one sentence. Egad.)

“Great Rules of Writing” by William Safire

  1. Do not put statements in the negative form.
  2. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
  3. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a
 great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  4. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
  5. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
  6. De-accession euphemisms.
  7. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  8. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  9. Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.


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