Monthly Archives: June 2011

Richard Lederer (and now a drumroll for the 50th Rule for Writing Good):

“(50) Last but not least, even if you have to bend over backward, avoid cliches like the plague!” Advertisements

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Richard Lederer (46-49 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(46) If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement, which is always best. (47) Never use a big word when you can utilize a diminutive word. (48) Profanity sucks. … Continue reading

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Richard Lederer (42-45 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(42) Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.’ (43) Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake. (44) Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms. (45) Be more … Continue reading

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“Education is a wonderful thing…if you couldn’t sign your name, you’d have to pay cash.”

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Richard Lederer (39-41 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(39) Do not cast statements in the negative form. (40) And don’t start sentences with conjunctions. (41) Avoid mixed metaphors. They will kindle a flood of confusion in your readers.”

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Richard Lederer (36-38 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(36) Foreign words and phrases are the reader’s bete noire and are not apropos. (37) Who needs rhetorical questions? (38) Always go in search for the correct idiom.”

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Richard Lederer (34-35 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(34) Parallel structure will help you in writing more effective sentences and to express yourself more gracefully. (35) In your own personal opinion at this point in time, I think that authors, when they are writing, should not get into … Continue reading

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Richard Lederer (31-33 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(31) Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. (32) The bottom line is to bag trendy locutions that sound flaky. (33) By observing the distinctions between adjectives and adverbs, you will treat your readers real good.”

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Richard Lederer (28-30 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(28) Check to see if you any words out. (29) One-word sentences? Never. (30) Avoid annoying, affected, and awkward alliteration, always.”

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Richard Lederer (25-27 [of 50] Rules for Writing Good):

“(25) Don’t abbrev. (26) Resist Unnecessary Capitalization. (27) Avoid mispellings.”

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