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13-08-2011, 10:53 AM
Tips for good writing
1. Always avoid alliteration.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)

4. Employ the vernacular

5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.

7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

8. Contractions aren't necessary.

9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

10. One should never generalize.

11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."

12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

14. Be more or less specific.

15. Understatement is always best.

16. One word sentences? Eliminate.

17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.

18. The passive voice is to be avoided.

19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquilisms.

20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

21. Who needs rhetorical questions?

22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

23. Superlatives are the worst.

24. Brevity is the soul of wit; that is to say, in order to best maximize one's rhetorical effect, it is necessary to strip down any given idea to its bare essentials, and to use as few words as necessary to convey the sentiment, generally speaking.

25. You shouldn't never, ever use double negatives.

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13-08-2011, 11:22 AM
RE: Tips for good writing
And you are trying to educate everyone for what particular reason? If you didn't know, a lot of people from this forum are not from English-speaking countries, so one could expect a lot of grammar or spelling errors. Why wouldn't I use rhetorical questions for example? Most of this thing you have written here are completely OK to use in a sentence if it serves some kind of purpose for telling a story. My advice to you would be:

1. Don't open unnecessary threads.

2. Open your mind to new ideas

3. Every person has a different way of expressing himself, we should all respect that.

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13-08-2011, 04:08 PM
RE: Tips for good writing
Wow! Do I need your input or what? Was that rhetorical? I'd hire you to be my editor, but could not afford to pay for your overtime; (and that's just for my posts)! Crap! Was that parenthetical? Double Crap! I used a single word sentence up there.

Seriously, that is good advice for effective writing. Thank you.
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13-08-2011, 05:09 PM
RE: Tips for good writing
That's fucking hilarious theophilus. Well done. But the non-native English speakers may not get the jokes. All 25 of them. Smile

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13-08-2011, 06:23 PM
RE: Tips for good writing
Filox, it's a joke. Smile each rule breaks itself. Lol. so ye, ESL will have a tough time understanding.
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13-08-2011, 06:23 PM
RE: Tips for good writing
Well said, GirlyMan. However, there are more than just a few English speaking people, who use English as there first and only language and still hack it to pieces with a machete. Some people have never had to use language and writing to the degrees that others have. It has no reflection on their ability to think.

I think it rude to point out spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors in a forum about ideas. I don’t marginalize people for crudely or ineptly phrased comments. I look for the content.

If theophilus would like to critique the minutia of syntax parts of speech, or stylistic devices then he should be in a forum that is designed to assess the effectiveness and clarity of technical or creative writing in the English language. If theophilus is not going to grade (or degrade) everyone on or for their writing skills, then I applaud him for a hilarious and educational reminder that I will keep on hand.

Now he will probably tell me that he is not not going to grade persons riting skils.
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13-08-2011, 06:26 PM
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I can't believe I didn't get it untill girlyman's comment. *facepalms*
Well played theophilus

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14-08-2011, 03:45 AM
RE: Tips for good writing
(13-08-2011 05:09 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  That's fucking hilarious theophilus. Well done. But the non-native English speakers may not get the jokes. All 25 of them. Smile
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14-08-2011, 06:42 AM
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im english and still dont get it.

maybe i should change my langauge?

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14-08-2011, 07:13 AM
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(14-08-2011 06:42 AM)James The Brit Wrote:  im english and still dont get it.

maybe i should change my langauge?

Basically they are all contradictions like 21. Who needs rhetorical questions? Is itself a rhetorical question. Or 22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement. Is an exaggeration.
It must be embarrassing being English and getting a lesson in English from a scot Tongue Big Grin

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