Eleven Rules for Effective Writing (aka “How to Write Good”)
Here are 11 rules for effective writing, with thanks to Kendall Gray of The Appellate Recordfor reminding me of them:
- Avoid alliteration. Always.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Avoid clichés like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
- Eschew ampersands and abbreviations, etc.
- One should never generalize.
- Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
- Be more or less specific.
- Sentence fragments? Eliminate.
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
- Who needs rhetorical questions?