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Writing Quotes: 2 Don’ts & a couple of Do’s


Memorable Quote pic“Never use the word, ‘very.’ It is the weakest word in the English language; doesn’t mean anything. If you feel the urge of ‘very’ coming on, just write the word, ‘damn,’ in the place of ‘very.’ The editor will strike out the word, ‘damn,’ and you will have a good sentence.”

~William Allen White        

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Do not put statements in the negative form.

And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.

If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

De-accession euphemisms.

If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

~William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing

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Remember to…

“Be obscure clearly. “

~E.B. White                                           

                      

    But if nothing else always….

                    

“Show don’t tell.”

~ Henry James                                     

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2 thoughts on “Writing Quotes: 2 Don’ts & a couple of Do’s

  1. Haha fun post

    Posted by Taylor Eaton | October 15, 2013, 11:14 am

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