Rules for Writers
- Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.
- It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
- Avoid clichés like the plague. (They're old hat.)
- Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
- Be more or less specific.
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually)
- Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
- No sentence fragments.
- Contractions aren't necessary and shouldn't be used.
- Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
- Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary;
it's highly superfluous.
- One should NEVER generalize.
- Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
- Don't use no double negatives.
- Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
- One-word sentences? Eliminate.
- Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
- The passive voice is to be ignored.
- Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical
words however should be enclosed in commas.
- Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
- DO NOT use exclamation points and all caps to emphasize!!!
- Use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
- Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth
earth shaking ideas.
- Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when
its not needed.
- Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate
quotations. Tell me what you know."
- If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times:
Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it
- Puns are for children, not groan readers.
- Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
- Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
- Who needs rhetorical questions?
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
- The passive voice should never be used.
- Do not put statements in the negative form.
- Verbs have to agree with their subjects.
- A writer must not shift your point of view.
- Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long
sentences of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
- Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
- If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a
linking verb is.
- Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
- Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
- Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with
singular nouns in their writing.
- Always pick on the correct idiom.
- The adverb always follows the verb.
- Be careful to use the rite homonym.
- Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Thank you to Jenni Larsen for submitting these rules to curiouser.co.uk.