Friday, June 5, 2009

A List of Rules For Writers: Up With Which I will Put

"52 rules for writers"
(December 23, 2006)

This list of good advice starts with:
1 Always avoid alliteration.
2 Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3 Avoid cliches like the plague—they're old hat.
- - - and ends with:
51 Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
52 If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
53 And always be sure to finish what
No, really: most of the items are good advice. Most of the time, a writer should, generally speaking, in most cases, follow what's written there.

But, not always. #2, for instance, is - if memory serves - vital. If you're speaking or writing Latin. English, it's not so important. As Sir Winston Churchill said: "From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put." (The Quotations Page)

This list is clearly written for fun - so, if you've had a hard week, or just feel like reading something that's sincerely not grim: follow the link, and enjoy.

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