The rules of good writing…

There are a great many rules when it comes to good writing. Many a word count has been written explaining them in infinitesimal detail. Generally, however, the best way to explain the rules is with a little humour. Humour being generally the best way to make a serious point or two at any time. So here is the list of do’s and don’t that should be pinned to the wall above of every writer’s desk some days…

  • 1. Avoid Alliteration. Always.
  • 2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  • 3. Avoid cliches like the plague. They’re old hat.
  • 4. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  • 5. Be more or less specific.
  • 6. Writers should never generalise.
  • Seven. Be consistent.
  • 8. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous
  • 9. Who needs rhetorical questions?
  • 10. Exaggeration is a million times worse than understatement
  • 11. Avoid carefully, prudently and judiciously the overuse of adverbs
  • 12. Avoid writing lists


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