Good writing is the basis for weblogging. Good books about how to write are “On writing well” and “Style: toward clarity and grace“. If you don't feel like reading books, this list might help as well:

  • Avoid alliteration.
  • Prepositions dangle awkwardly if you use them to end sentences with.
  • Avoid clichés and colloquialisms like the plague, or you will seem old hat.
  • Employ the vernacular, while eschewing arcane and obfuscatory verbiage.
  • Avoid ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  • Take it easy with parenthetical remarks (however relevant), to avoid chopping up sentences (unnecessarily (we might add)).
  • To ever, however artfully, split an infinitive, marks you as grammatically challenged.
  • Skip the foreign words and phrases you know, n'est-ce pas?
  • Never generalize.
  • 'I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.' – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Comparisons can clog up writing as badly as alliterations and cliches.
  • Avoid redundancy and verbosity, or readers will think you are repeating yourself and using too many words as well besides.
  • We really get @*&%$**)!! when you use vulgarities.
  • Clear, specific writing beats vagueness, we suppose. Whatever.
  • Overstatement totally destroys any credibility you ever had forever.
  • Understatement can, at times, perhaps shade a point to the point of its fading away.
  • One word sentences? Eliminate.
  • Analogies work about as well as fur on a flounder.
  • Don't just sits there. Pick verbs that do something.
  • Even if a mixed metaphor sings, you should derail it.
  • Who needs rhetorical questions?
  • Its distrakting too punctuat, an spel rong.

Good writing is surprisingly hard. [Krzysztof Kowalczyk's Weblog] [dws.]

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