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How To Write Good

Jen has been pushing me to work harder on my writing; she’s hopeful that one day I can earn a little discretionary income.  I have little faith that it will yield any positive results – but on the off chance a publisher is reading this and wants to take a chance on an untrained, unknown, first-time blogger… contact my agent.  My agent is Jen.  She takes 100% commission.

Julia helps me write on the blog

Since I promised her I would do my best, I recently came across a helpful set of rules to improve my writing skills.  I’ve seen this list floating across the internet a couple times and now seemed an appropriate time to re-post it.  I’m sorry that I don’t know who to credit as the author – so thank you, you witty SOB, whoever you are.

HOW TO WRITE GOOD

1. Avoid Alliteration.  Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague.  They’re old hat.
4. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
5. Be more or less specific.
6. Writers should never generalize.
Seven:  Be consistent!
8. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
9. Who needs rhetorical questions?
10. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

Thank you anonymous poster that created this list of unbreakable rules.  I’ll be sure to follow them to the letter of the law!