- Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
- Never use the passive where you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
- A writer can do very little with words in their primary meanings. He gets his effect if at all by using words in a tricky roundabout way.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
George Orwell's Rules for Writers
Posted by Kay at 12:04 AM