Wednesday, August 22, 2007

George Orwell's 6 Rules for Effective Writing

From I Should Be Writing

John Wesley at Self Improvement breaks down George Orwell's 5 Rules for Effective Writing which is taken from Politics and the English Language:
  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.

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