The Rules of Writing

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1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.

2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

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

6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

7. Be more or less specific.

8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.

9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

10. No sentence fragments.

11. Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.

12. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.

13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.

14. One should NEVER generalize.

15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.

16. Don't use no double negatives.

17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.

18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.

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

20. The passive voice is to be ignored.

21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.

22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.

23. Kill all exclamation points!!!

24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.

25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth-shaking ideas.

26. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.

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

28. If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.

29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.

30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.

31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

32. Who needs rhetorical questions?

33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

And finally...

34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.


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by Owen M. 1+ years ago

some foreign terms are unavoidable, like déjà vu, cliché or fiancée. It'd be too long-winded to say "The style of the dress that was chosen by my girlfriend who's agreed to be my wife has already been used so many times that it gives me an uneasy feeling like I've already seen her wearing the dress, even though I know I haven't seen her wear it before."

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by David L. 1+ years ago

That last one is a quote from a famous writer. I'm pretty sure you got/adapted the others from somewhere too. STILL, very funny! As a writer i enjoy this kind of thing.

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by Bob B. 1+ years ago

You is teh worst hypocrite evurr!!!!!!!

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by Amy M. 1+ years ago

excellent advice

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by Haley F. 1+ years ago

im gonna print this and give it to my english teacher >.<

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