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The Rules, Writing

More Rules for Writers

01.17.08 | Comment?

A while back, I posted some rules for writers, written by people wiser than myself. I have just run across a few more, the rules of Eric Blair, better known by his pseudonym of George Orwell:

  • Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  • Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  • If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  • Never use the passive voice where you can use the active.
  • Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  • Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

At some point in the future I’ll post Elmore Leonard’s rules, along with any others I can dig up.

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