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How to write good

  1. Always avoid alliteration.
  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. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  8. Contractions aren't necessary.
  9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  10. One should never generalize.
  11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
  12. Be more or less specific.
  13. Understatement is always best.
  14. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than are absolutely necessary; it's highly superfluous.
  15. Don't never use a double negation.
  16. Proofread carefully to see if you words out.
  17. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  18. A writer must not shift your point of view.
  19. Place a pronoun as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to its antecedent.
  20. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
  21. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
  22. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
  23. Always pick on the correct idiom.
  24. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  25. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  26. The passive voice is to be avoided.
  27. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  28. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
  29. Who needs rhetorical questions, anyway?
  30. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  31. Employ the vernacular.
  32. Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice.
  33. Do not overuse exclamation marks!!!!!
  34. And never begin a sentence with a conjunction.