Tuesday, February 5, 2013

William's Safire's Rules for writing good

I just found out about these and they are hilarious. As you know from reading this blog, I don't proofread it too much before posting.  I enjoy blogging and I don't have much time, so the decision becomes between polishing it and reducing publishing or just living with it.  I am also slightly dyslexic so I can read the same error many times and not notice it.  I hope it doesn't distract too much from your enjoyment.

Taken from: http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/research/groups/protein/pert/safire.rules.html

William Safire's Rules for Writers:

  • Remember to never split an infinitive.
  • The passive voice should never be used.
  • Do not put statements in the negative form.
  • Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
  • Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
  • If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
  • A writer must not shift your point of view.
  • And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)
  • Don't overuse exclamation marks!!
  • Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
  • Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  • If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  • Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
  • Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  • Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
  • Always pick on the correct idiom.
  • The adverb always follows the verb.
  • Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.


recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

These are great! Guilty as charged. Thanks Frank.

rocketsciencesense said...

Ha, anytime. It was an article that was very popular and I think he also wrote a book.

Anonymous said...

Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite
justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of.

I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they just do not know about.
You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could
take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

Look into my blog liste mit kohlenhydraten

Anonymous said...

Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website
needs much more attention. I'll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the information!

my blog Glutenfreidiät