Friday, April 29, 2005

Just Do It!

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 have come across these six fine pointers in an interesting article by Georgre Orwell. They say a whole lot about the craft of writing and I think that its obligatory for anyone working towards bettering their writing career and capabilities to keep them in mind.

Keep it simple. Just do it.


Desert Island Boy said...

Well, Golly Gee, whatever would you and George ever say about my writing?

Mace said...

*chuckles* These are all good point, but I tend to be a bit verbose simply because I am a large man. For some reason, a lot of people equate big with stupid, and if I don't "show off the brain-pan" a bit, people talk down to me. *shrugs*

The Complimenting Commenter said...

Informative post. I'll try and keep them in mind as I compliment. Thanks for coming by and giving one to me.

iamnasra said...

Well this is such insightful points..I try ot keep my poetry as simple but as times as a poet (wana be) I love to explore new words and how can they make a tume in a poetry