Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Six Rules for Writers by George Orwell

In "Politics and the English Language", George Orwell provides six rules for writers:
  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.
I hope you find this useful. Keep writing.

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