Friday, 18 May 2007

How To Write Good : )

Hey all... Sorry to have been absent for soooo long... I've been in Auckland for 2 conferences... and would you believe it... the hotel we were staying at didn't have the internet yet... GOOOOSSSSHH!

Anywho... I thought I'd pass on these thoughts from Ps Phil Bakers blog. Its all about how to write good : )
Hope you enjoy it!

  • Always avoid alliteration.
  • Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
  • Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
  • Employ the vernacular.
  • Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  • Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  • It is wrong to ever split an infinitive
  • Contractions aren't necessary.
  • Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
  • One should never generalize.
  • Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
  • Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
  • Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
  • Profanity sucks.
  • Be more or less specific.
  • Understatement is always best.
  • Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  • One-word sentences? Eliminate.
  • Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
  • The passive voice is to be avoided.
  • Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
  • Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
    Who needs rhetorical questions?
  • [These 3 posts Courtesy of Frank Visco.]
This was taken from Pastor Phil Bakers blog site http://www.philbaker.net/

2 comments:

RiCO said...

i must say, good work chap, the one about foreign words tipped me off. its good, i actually stopped at line 5 after i got sick of using the theaurus, nice mean joke, it requires that you wanna read it, but its worth it.

nice joke mate.
i hope its a joke

James said...

Nice one!

One of the great things about blogging is that you don't have to have every sentence perfect and every though complete before you put forward your thoughts. It does great on me a little now now days. Too much time in a library, probably a good thing I'm leaving.

James