Thursday, November 16, 2006

Something for bloggers

I notice only one item here I'm not guilty of doing.

Writing tips:

Like the virgin prairie for the explorer, metaphors are pregnant with possibility, but don't mix them.

It behooves the writer to avoid archaic expressions.

One should not shift from the third person to the second person when you write.

I once read that splitting modifiers was wrong in the library.

It is generally recommended that the use of the passive be minimized.

Write assertively, I think.

A sentence containing a parenthetical phrase (must be a complete sentence) without that phrase.

Avoid the use of vulgarisms that might piss off the reader.

Avoid rephrasing, which is, in other words, paraphrasing or rewording of a statement, sort of like repeating it.

I've told you a million times not to exaggerate.

Ambiguity is more or less undesirable.

Hyperbole is the worst mistake you can possibly make.

You will die horribly if you are overdramatic!

Boise, Idaho's 7327 English teachers agree that all statistics should be verified.

Don't verbify nouns.

I have traveled all over the world, known many important people, received many degrees, and have learned that it is in bad taste to use yourself as an expert example even though I am one.

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When choosing among two, make the best choice. Between three or more, pick the better one.

Avoid overuse of rhetorical questions. Know what I mean?

I could care less about expressions that mean the opposite of what they say.

Vary sentence length. Conformity is boring.

Be sure to use the correct word accept in certain cases.

Don't use no double negatives.

Avoid clichés like the plague.

Each pronoun should match their subject.

Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

Try to not split infinitives.

Don't be repetitively redundant or repetitious.

(via Jonco, including the pic)


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