I saw this in my draft list and I can’t remember where I got this. But anyway, I’m re-posting it. Hope you learn something from it to help you write effectively.
- Avoid alliteration. Always.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
- Contractions aren’t necessary.
- Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
- One should never generalize. [–> my favorite ]
- Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
- Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
- B more or less specific.
- One-word sentences? Eliminate.
- Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
- Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
- Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
- Who needs rhetorical questions?
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.