December 07, 2006

Orwell's Rules

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 where you can use the active.
Never use a foreign phrase, scientific word, or jargon if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

1 Comments:

At December 08, 2006 12:03 AM , Blogger Papa Twister said...

Writing is a constant battle between your analtyical and creative sides. Rules need to made, and rules need to be broken.

 

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